How Germs Travel: The Sneeze-on-a-Plane Edition

Popular Science, October 2014

A simulation generated by the FAA’s Center of Excellence at Purdue University used ANSYS fluid dynamics solutions to demonstrate a passenger sneezing in a crowded airplane and dispersing influenza particles throughout the cabin. The Federal Aviation Administration has been interested in determining how flu particles spread on airplanes since the outbreak of SARS in 2002. The simulation shows that airborne diseases can be spread quickly in flight.