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CAD Integration and Automatic Meshing
Posted Tue April 24, 2001 @12:32PM
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CD-adapco STAR-CD's Pro*am meshing tool uses a unique collection of hexahedral and "hybrid" cells to automatically generate a body fitted mesh.
The subsurface is used to cut a block of hexahedral cells, leaving all cells untouched by the cutting surface as perfect hexahedra, and producing a variety of cell types where the surface cuts the block.

... The meshes produced in this way tend to be of high quality and are very suitable for CFD – in general over 90% of the cells are perfect hexahedra with no distortion.

A cool idea, although it should be noted that the hexahedra will not be "flow aligned" and will, therefore, lose some of the accuracy that people usually associate with structured block grids. Read the full story.

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Octane2 Named Top Graphics Workstation
Posted Tue April 24, 2001 @12:14PM
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Hardware Even with their current financial troubles, SGI continues to produce the choice machine for graphics intensive applications.
The Silicon Graphics® Octane2TM visual workstation was awarded the top Platinum award in the graphics workstations category in the Platinum Awards 2001 from AV Video Multimedia Producer magazine
All of the AV Video Multimedia Producer magazine Platinum Awards can be seen here here.

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SBIR/STTR Phase I Solicitations Released
Posted Mon April 23, 2001 @11:03AM
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NASA Get busy with that proposal - submissions are due June 6, 2001 for the 2001 SBIR/STTR Phase I Solicitations.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Get the basics on the SBIR/STTR program here.

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2001 Fluent UGM Scheduled
Posted Mon April 23, 2001 @10:44AM
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Announcements Fluent has announced their upcoming 2001 Fluent User's Group Meeting.
Fluent Users' Group Meeting
June 5-6, 2001
Holiday Inn - Manchester, New Hampshire

Attendance at Fluent's annual Users' Group Meetings gives our users a chance to interact with the top echelon of CFD users in the world. Come to this year's annual UGM and learn how others in industry are applying CFD, meet with our technical staff, and provide your input to the future development of the software you are using.

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10th International Meshing Roundtable
Posted Fri April 20, 2001 @10:07AM
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Announcements Here's your chance to get out of the office and hear from the leaders in meshing technology.
10th International Meshing Roundtable
October 7-10, 2001
Newport Beach, California
The conference includes keynote and invited speakers, a poster session, and discussion forums.

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New CFX 5 Focused on Multiphase Flows
Posted Wed April 18, 2001 @05:07PM
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ANSYS CFX With the latest release of their CFX 5 product, AEA technology claims it has sped up the solution of multiphase flows by orders of magnitude.
"Our new multiphase capability makes CFX-5 the first choice for simulating complex industrial flows" says Michael Raw, CFX VP of Product Development," it provides substantial benefits by solving the fluid equations together. This ensures that the strong inter-phase coupling which is usually a major cause of concern in traditional CFD codes is resolved in a robust and efficient manner".
Given the difficulty and often overwhelming size of these types of problems, advances of this nature are extremely welcome.

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