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Misc Hardware News
Posted Thu March 07, 2002 @07:45PM
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Hardware Some miscellaneous hardware news to fill your tummy:

Dell now offers the new 3Dlabs Wildcat III graphics (previous story) in its 530 Workstation.

NVIDIA has announced their Quadro 4 line of professional graphics cards based on their GeForce 4 GPU (previous story). Aimed at the professional market (as opposed to the video game market) the Quadro line adds anti-aliasing, hardware overlays, hardware XOR, and hardware clip/window ids.

Compaq has announced that it will offer NVIDIA Quadro 4 graphics on their workstations in March.

StereoGraphics will demo the latest in their stereographic displays during a tour of Boston, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham and Chicago starting April 30th to May 10th, 2002.

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Events: BRN Offers CFdesign Seminar
Posted Tue March 05, 2002 @07:24PM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics is offering a free seminar for product development engineers. The seminar will allow you to:
  • Learn how you can optimize every new product design for fluid flow and heat transfer performance
  • See how easy it is to use native MCAD models and assemblies for simulation
  • Discover how to reduce time and expense of physical prototyping and field testing
  • Find out why engineering teams at Caterpillar, Honda, Honeywell, Northrop-Grumman and Siemens are using CFdesign to help bring better products to market faster

The 2 ½ hour seminar is geared towards Product Development Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Chief Engineers and Engineering Managers and will include tips & tricks to improve your next product design while getting an up-close look at how a new generation of engineers is using CFdesign as an extension of their 3D MCAD system to optimize fluid flow and heat transfer performance.A

Seminar Agenda
Seminar Locations and Dates
Seminar Registration or call 1-434-977-2764 ext.117

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A New CFD Haiku
Posted Tue March 05, 2002 @09:20AM
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CFD Haiku drwho gives us this haiku on turbulence modeling:
Turbulence models
zero, two or maybe seven
for right skin friction
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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Are Structured Methods Still The Workhorse?
Posted Thu February 28, 2002 @07:21PM
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Structured Unstructured solvers have been around for some time now (even commercially), but how many people are using them for large-scale production CFD work?

Structured grid generation is admittedly cumbersome and time consuming, however, the time spent optimizing the mesh is well rewarded.

The best structured solvers are faster, more accurate, more robust, and use less memory than the best unstructured codes. Also, because structured codes have been around for so long, they tend to have the most physical models.

Furthermore, post-processing tasks are far easier on structured grids. Topological planes within the grid are ideal locations for generating qualitative plots and calculating quantitative values such as mass flow.

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Business: CFX Joins PTC Alliance Program
Posted Tue February 26, 2002 @06:44PM
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News CFX announced today that it has established an enterprise software partner alliance (ESP) with PTC, The Product Development Company. CFX has selected PTC because of its product breadth and depth that satisfy the design needs of every type of manufacturer. Through PTC's ESP program, CFX will improve customers' efficiency and profitability by delivering outstanding CFD solutions and support.
"CFX is committed to providing the flexible interfaces to geometry creation tools that will increase productivity and decrease the design cycle to make our customers more successful. The ability to directly import CAD geometry from a powerful CAD package such as Pro/ENGINEER provides our customers with tremendous time and cost savings compared to other less direct import methods. Together with PTC, we are helping customers develop superior products," commented Dr. Brad Hutchinson, Vice President of CFX Mechanical Engineering.
CFX-5 best in class software from CFX, contains very powerful tools and efficient features, such as CAD interfaces to read geometries directly from leading CAD systems such as Pro/ENGINEER without losing information. This feature along with meshing flexibility, superior solver technology, scalable parallelization and qualitative/quantitative post-processing make CFX-5 an advanced and easy-to-use CFD tool.

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Solid Modeling For Free
Posted Tue February 26, 2002 @01:58PM
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Geometry PTC, the makers of the popular parametric solid modeler Pro/ENGINEER, have launched Pro/DESKTOP Express which the company provides free of charge.

Pro/DESKTOP Express is the powerful new parametric solid modeling software that perfectly meets the needs of engineers, designers, students and even home engineers who support, work or collaborate within PTC's Pro/ENGINEER® product development environment. Pro/DESKTOP Express is easy to use, easy to learn and free, and it supports native file geometry transfer and associativity with Pro/ENGINEER.

Pro/DESKTOP Express is downloadable for free here or from Pro/COLLABORATE. Alternatively, a CD may be obtained for $15 postage and handling from PTC's e-store.

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