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Pointwise Helps UTA Racing Push Aerodynamic Envelope
Posted Thu December 26, 2013 @11:53AM
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Application By James Merkel
Candidate for master’s degree in aerospace engineering, the University of Texas at Arlington, fall 2013

University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) racing partnership with Pointwise during the past three years has resulted in an influx of aggressive aerodynamic development for the UTA Formula SAE race cars. The grid generation software has been crucial in several developments that have resulted in significant improvements to the wing packages on the cars.

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A CFD Investigation of LBE Rod Bundle Flow
Posted Thu October 17, 2013 @09:40AM
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Application By Michael Böttcher, Ph.D.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
Institute of Reactor Technology and Neutron Physics, Germany

Lead-Bismuth Eutectic or LBE is a eutectic alloy consisting of 45 percent lead and 55 percent bismuth. It is foreseen as a possible coolant for Generation IV nuclear reactor systems. The most interesting properties of LBE in comparison with lead and water are presented in Table 1. A principal advantage of LBE over lead is the low melting point of 125 °C, rather than lead's 327 °C. If the heat source in a nuclear system is shut down, then it is much easier to avoid freezing of the coolant.

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Multi-Module Centrifugal Pump Simulation Using Hybrid Meshing
Posted Tue August 27, 2013 @11:25AM
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Application By Zisen Liu,
Research Scientist, Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.

Combustion Research and Flow Technology (CRAFT Tech) has been using CRUNCH CFD® and Pointwise to design and evaluate pump systems for our customers. Pointwise has proven to be a robust and powerful tool for generating high-quality unstructured meshes. In particular, we have been using Pointwise's innovative anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion (T-Rex) unstructured solver extensively to streamline our mesh generation process.

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Accurate Lung Wodel Will Allow Asthmatics to Breathe Easy
Posted Tue July 30, 2013 @03:38PM
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Application Curtin University researchers have taken large strides towards revolutionising drug delivery for asthmatics and people with lung diseases, potentially saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars.

Associate Professor Ben Mullins from the School of Public Health and lead researcher on the project, said respiratory illnesses were the most common causes of death in people over 65 years.

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A Dynamic Approach to Flow Assurance Modelling
Posted Fri July 12, 2013 @10:46AM
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Application By Chris Smith,
Production Assurance Manager at Xodus Group

Modelling the hydraulic and thermal relationships between fluids and gasses in a production environment can be an inexact science. As systems become more complicated, determining the impact of these interactions within oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure becomes more challenging.

Traditional pipeline modelling systems have been around for almost 20 years, and international energy consultancy Xodus Group has recently undertaken a number of projects which have presented flow assurance engineering challenges that could not adequately be resolved using standard multiphase transient simulator modelling tools (such as OLGA).

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Texas A&M Uses Pointwise Meshes for Boundary Layer Stability Analysis
Posted Tue June 25, 2013 @01:09PM
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Application Researchers at Texas A&M University are studying boundary layer stability to gain insight into how transitions from laminar to turbulent flow occur. Their research has applications from low-speed flows in which the laminar-turbulent transition location affects drag and flow separation characteristics to hypersonic flows in which the difference between low laminar and much higher turbulent heating rates can determine whether a space vehicle will successfully pass through the atmosphere or burn up on reentry.

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