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New Software: MeshPilot 1.0
Posted Wed May 22, 2002 @01:24PM
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Grid Generation Shore CFD are pleased to announce the release of MeshPilot 1.0, a PC-based structured mesh generation tool. Download your copy free of charge from our website www.shore-cfd.com.

About MeshPilot:
With MeshPilot, you can:

  • Visualise any two-dimensional block-structured (multiblock) mesh.
  • Generate two-dimensional structured meshes for airfoils. You can do this fully automatically, or with as much direct control over mesh parameters (dimensions, spacing, geometry) as you need.
  • Rapidly modify your existing airfoil meshes.
About Shore CFD:
Shore CFD produce mesh generation software, specializing in tailored, automated solutions for specific topologies.

For more information on MeshPilot and Shore CFD, visit www.shore-cfd.com , or contact us directly at info@shore-cfd.com .

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Business: Blue Ridge Numerics Adds UK Partner
Posted Tue May 21, 2002 @05:00PM
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News Elite Consulting, an engineering consultancy and value-added reseller for PTC’s MCAD products, Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/MECHANICA, has joined the Blue Ridge Numerics Ltd. Strategic Partner Program. This means that CFdesign, the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) package for the engineer and designer, is now part of the portfolio of software available via Elite Consulting.

CFdesign reliably simulates a broad range of fluid flow and heat transfer scenarios. Highly automated functionality and built-in intelligence guide the user, making CFdesign an ideal desktop tool for beginners and advanced users.

With offices in Northampton, Linlithgow and Leeds, Elite Consulting Limited is an independent consultancy providing problem solving, project management, engineering analysis, design and support services to industry. Elite Consulting is a PTC Certified Engineering Provider for Pro/MECHANICA, a reseller for PTC’s MCAD products and a Strategic Partner for CFdesign.

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Research: Engineers Discover Secrets of Soccer Free Kicks
Posted Mon May 20, 2002 @01:39PM
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Application Three collaborating groups of researchers have used wind tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and other computer simulation techniques to unravel some of the underlying mysteries behind "bending" a soccer ball during kicking, which will be a feature of the upcoming Soccer World Cup in Japan and Korea this year. This technically very difficult "art" of scoring goals from the dead ball "free kick" situation has been perfected by such world class soccer players as Brazil's Roberto Carlos, Germany's Michael Ballack, and England's David Beckham. Inspired to uncover the science behind the "free kick" and the soccer ball's dynamic flight, engineers from the University of Sheffield's Sports Engineering Research Group, Yamagata University's Sports Science Laboratory, and Fluent Benelux have carried out a fundamental scientific and engineering analysis of this exciting part of the "beautiful game."

Sports Engineering is a new discipline that applies standard engineering principles and techniques to the research, design and development of external devices used by athletes and sports people to enhance their performance.

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Application: CFD Helps Find Cause of Catastrophic Failure in Thermal Oxidizer
Posted Fri May 17, 2002 @06:19PM
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Application By Thomas D. Foust, Michael Rynearson, Ryan D. McMurtrey, Lisa Harvego
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

Engineers at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to determine the cause of a catastrophic failure in a recuperative flameless thermal oxidizer (RFTO), used for the destruction of hazardous compounds. When the unit's feed tubes melted, resulting in system failure, it was unclear whether the cause was a design flaw or operator error. Physical examination of the unit could not conclusively resolve the issue, so INEEL engineers were asked to recreate the failure scenario as a computer simulation. Working from data in the operation logs, they analyzed the last run of the oxidizer using CFD. The results clearly showed why the tubes melted. "The design of this particular model was such that there were recirculation eddies in the inlet plenum," explains Mike Rynearson, a Principal Engineer at INEEL. "These eddies caused below normal air flow into one of the feed tubes. That, combined with higher than normal propane levels at startup and the hot soak bed condition, caused the oxidation front to move into the low flow tube, causing it to overheat and fail. Once it melted, the others quickly followed.

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After the Merger: HP Product Roadmaps
Posted Thu May 16, 2002 @08:49AM
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Hardware HP has announced the product roadmap for HP/Compaq after the merger which was just finalized.

Phasing out over the next 3 years:

  • HP Omnibook (laptop)
  • HP Kayak (windows workstation)
  • HP Vectra (windows pc)
  • HP Jornada (pda)
  • HP Netserver (small business server)
  • TRU64 (DEC OS)

With the end of TRU64, the last remnant of the DEC Alpha workstation is gone. You may recall, that Compaq transfered the Alpha processor to Intel shortly after purchasing DEC.

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Application: CFD for Racing Vehicles
Posted Fri May 10, 2002 @03:08PM
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Application Computer Graphics World has posted a story on the use of CEA in Race Car Vehicle Design.

The primary challenge in designing NASCAR vehicles is to coax as much horsepower out of the engines as possible. The "stock" V8 engines, although limited to 358 cubic inches in displacement, can be modified to produce up to 750 horsepower, enabling the cars to reach speeds of over 200 mph on the banked oval race tracks.

Hendrick Motorsports (home of driver Jeff Gordon) engineering group manager Jim Wall uses a complete suite of SDRC software, including Imageware, for advanced surfacing and reverse engineering. "We have 99 percent of our engine in I-deas at the component level," says Wall. "We can use their CFD tools to analyze flow and then use FEA for stress analysis and checking structural integrity," he says. "And then once we're satisfied that the design meets our criteria, we generate machine tool setups to produce the parts in-house."

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