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FLUENT 6.0 Wins Tech Award
Posted Mon April 22, 2002 @02:38PM
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Fluent Inc., the world's leading Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software provider, announces that its newest release, FLUENT 6.0, has won a Tech 2002 award from Automotive Engineering International Magazine ( htm).

These Awards are presented to the suppliers of the top automotive products and technologies showcased at the SAE 2002 World Congress as voted for by the 40,000 visitors to the show. SAE 2002 is a showcase for the products, services, and technologies available to the global automotive community. The SAE World Congress is the largest original equipment (OE) parts, components and service exhibition in the world.

The newly released FLUENT 6, which is built on Fluent Inc.'s core unstructured CFD technology platform, expands Fluent's industry standard for CFD automotive applications to include deicing and water runoff, fuel tank studies, HVAC systems and components, painting, and flow-induced noise. Major enhancements in turbomachinery modeling and underhood thermal analysis also provide economical design testing options for automotive engineers. A moving/deforming mesh capability, released in beta form with this version, is one of many building blocks in the release intended to tackle challenging IC engine modeling.

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Business: Blue Ridge Numerics Opens New Offices
Posted Fri April 19, 2002 @05:27PM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics has announced the opening of two new regional sales and support offices located in Detroit, MI, and Singapore. The Detroit office will service Michigan and Ohio in the U.S. and the province of Ontario in Canada. The Singapore office will service the Pacific Rim and South Asian markets.

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New Software: Unified Process Management System for CFD codes
Posted Thu April 18, 2002 @05:54PM
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News Khaled S. Abdol-Hamid writes:

The Unified Process Management System (UPMS) is a valuable CFD tool that utilizes NASA’s CFD codes: PAB3D, CFL3D and TLNS3D.

Each of these CFD codes has a specific format for input files. So far, the choice of a particular CFD code depends upon its reliability, its ease of use and the availability of technical support. However, it is difficult to find a CFD code that combines all of these requirements. Simple modifications in problem definition often require extensive alterations to these formats. Often, users must be trained by CFD code suppliers to enable them to model the problem correctly, and to use the available options in the code efficiently. Familiarization with more than one code becomes difficult.

The UPMS alleviates these difficulties with the use of an expert Graphical User Interface (GUI) system. The system also includes interactive adaptive grid capabilities and grid modification processes. The significance of this work is its flexibility in allowing these CFD grid structured codes to be coupled with the UPMS without any modifications whatsoever to the CFD solvers. It automatically generates documentation of code-independent project/ problem setup in engineering terms.

The UPMS was written in the object-oriented and highly portable JAVA programming language. The project is completed under fund from SBIR. You can get your copy of UPMS from

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Events: STAR-CD North American User Conference 2002
Posted Wed April 17, 2002 @10:31AM
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News The CD adapco Group takes great pleasure in inviting you to our annual STAR-CD North American User Conference, on MAY 6th - 7th 2002, held at The Atheneum Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Detroit, right in the heart of Greektown.

The Conference will include two days of presentations, a variety of demonstrations from hardware and software vendors as well as a User Forum. An informal reception will be held at the end of the first day where you are welcome to meet other users, chat with CD adapco Group employees and enjoy the food and drink prepared by the catering staff at the beautiful Atheneum. For users driving to Detroit a complementary valet parking service is available.

Presentations will be given by our clients from a variety of industries including automotive, power generation, combustion, aerospace and architectural engineering.

So, reserve May 6 and May 7 on your calendar and plan to be a part of the 2002 STAR-CD North American Users’ Conference!

For more information, please visit

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New Software: DAKOTA toolkit available
Posted Tue April 16, 2002 @06:20PM
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Open Source Sandia has released the source code to their optimization toolkit DAKOTA. DAKOTA provides a flexible interface between simulation software and the latest algorithms for optimization, uncertainty quantification, parameter estimation, design of experiments and sensitivity analysis.

Sandia researchers have been developing DAKOTA for about eight years. The initial work focused on optimization methods, but has since branched out into uncertainty quantification and other areas. It has been used internally at Sandia and externally by researchers at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories in conjunction with DOE’s Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) program.

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Stepping Up CFD
Posted Tue April 16, 2002 @08:35AM
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News The April issue of Mechanical Engineering Magazine has a feature article on CFD. Stepping Up CFD features a brief interview with CFD researcher and author Milovan Peric and two application stories.

Dr. Peric notes that the increase in available computing power, along with ease-of-use technologies is causing the widespread adoption of CFD in the engineering field.

"Furthermore, CFD tools will become part of a global computer-aided engineering environment, interacting with other design tools to make optimization tasks faster, easier, and more reliable," Peric said.

The application stories feature the optimization of tangentially fired boilers and sand erosion in petroleum pipeline equipment.

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