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This Week's CFD Haiku
Posted Tue January 22, 2002 @07:05PM
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CFD Haiku CFD is art! We celebrate the fact with this week's CFD haiku:
Biggest mesh ever
my machines in parallel
divide and conquer
Send in your CFD haiku for publication here each week. There is no reward other than perhaps personal enlightenment. So, silence the mind, yield to spontaneity and send in your CFD haiku today.

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Wildcat II 5000 Review
Posted Tue January 22, 2002 @06:57PM
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Hardware The Wildcat II 5110 from 3Dlabs is widely regarded as the best 3D OpenGL PC graphics card on the market today. Unfortunately, the card is only available as an expensive option when buying a machine from a few vendors. The Wildcat II 5000 does retail through standard channels however and it features a lot of the power of it's bigger brother at a reasonable price tag.

Cadalyst has a review of the Wildcat II 5000 in which they compare the performance of the two cards. From the results, it looks as if the Wildcat II 5000 is a good price/performance compromise.

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6th Overset Grids Symposium
Posted Mon January 21, 2002 @02:47PM
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Announcements The 6th Symposium on Overset Composite Grids & Solution Technology will be held October 8-10, 2002 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida USA.

Goals of the symposium include:

  • Communicate current work, new research ideas, and work in progress
  • Exchange ideas involving overset grid methodologies
  • Develop interactions between interested researchers
  • Provide an opportunity for interaction between researchers, developers, and users

For more information, visit the symposium website.

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40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Report
Posted Mon January 21, 2002 @02:42PM
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News The 40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference was held recently in Reno, Nevada. Here's a run-down of a few highlights.


Intelligent Light was demoing the latest version of their post-processor - FIELDVIEW 8. The latest version includes FVX which is a full-featured scripting language.

Numeca was demoing their new automatic hexahedral mesh generator - HEXpress. The software uses a volume-to-surface approach and does allow for viscous layer insertion.

PDC was demoing their grid generator GridPro.

Pointwise was demoing the beta release of their latest version of Gridgen. The new version (V14) features a scripting language called Glyph and native CAD interfaces.

Fluent was demoing FLUENT 6. The moving mesh feature was highlighted at the show.

CD adapco Group was demoing their STAR-CD software.

CEI was demoing their EnSight post-processor and new Harpoon grid generator.

Cobalt Solutions was demoing the new commerical-version of their Cobalt CFD software.

Aerosoft was demoing their GASP and GUST software.

Amtec was demoing the latest version of their post-processor - Tecplot 9.

AMI was demoing their CFD software.

AEA Technology was demoing their CFX-5 CFD software.

Metacomp Technologies was demoing their CFD++ CFD software.

Tetra Research was demoing their Tetrex CFD software.

Visual Solutions was demoing their ParaVista software.

CFDRC was demoing their CFD software.

ICEM CFD was demoing their Hexa and Tetra grid generation software.


CGNS - new features for user-defined data, reacting flow and linked files are in work.

NPARC - best practice use of the WIND code for a number of different physical conditions (subsonic, supersonic, reacting) was discussed

Pre/Post-Processing for Large Scale Simulations - most discussion focused on post-processing issues: efficient processing of large data sets, feature extraction, etc. Pre-processing focused on CAD interoperability.

Unstructured Grid Consortium - will soon publish an API for meshing modules so that capabilities of various software and organizations can be shared.

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Free Web Seminars
Posted Mon January 21, 2002 @11:43AM
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News Chris Reeves writes "CFX is holding a series of free interactive Web Seminars the week of January 28.
Each e-vent runs approximately 1 hour in duration and you will require an internet connection as well as a telephone line (we use a toll-free phone bridge so no long distance charges are applicable) to participate. Summary information on events, dates and times are directly below. Further details on e-vent content and on-line registration can be found at Space is limited to 10 "seats" at each of the web events and sorry, these events are only available in North America.

Monday, January 28, 2002 - 2 pm EST "CFX for Fire and Safety" ...targeted application review for smoke management, fire suppression, etc.
Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 2:00 pm EST "CFX for HVAC&R" ...broad ASHRAE application review.
Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 2:00 pm EST "CFX-5 Live!" ...a demonstration of our flagship CFX software from start to finish!
Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 2.00 pm EST "CFX-BladeGen Introduction" ...for the fan, blower, compressor or pump designer.

You can also sign up directly by contacting Chris Reeves at or 1-888-827-2356."

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CFX User Conference
Posted Fri January 18, 2002 @10:57AM
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News AEA Technology will hold the largest conference ever for users of the company's CFD software.

CFX North American Users Conference
May 6-9, 2002
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The conference will feature training programs given by industry experts. Courses include:

  • Combustion course by Dr. Phill Stopford and Duane Baker
  • Turbulence course by Dr. Florian Mentor
  • Turbomachinery course by Dr. Brad Hutchinson
  • Multiphase course by Dr. Alan Burns
  • Writing EASAps for CFX by Tim Valachovic
The conference will also include customer presentations, hands-on workshops, panel discussion on the future of CFD and exhibits by hardware and software partners.

For more information on the CFX Users Conference, visit or contact Cindy Armstrong, telephone: 1-412-893-1005, e-mail:

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