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New Software: WinTherm Lite 6.0 Released
Posted Thu May 30, 2002 @08:23AM
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News ThermoAnalytics has released WinTherm Lite 6.0. WinTherm Lite utilizes the same state-of-the-art technology as full WinTherm but with model resolution limited to 2500 thermal nodes, and retails for only US $750. Because the user interface is identical to full WinTherm, WinTherm Lite is a perfect way to begin adding thermal analysis procedures to your standard engineering practice. If in the future you require high resolution models, you can upgrade to full WinTherm or RadTherm and continue working with the same interface and files. Want to know more? Go to: http://www.thermoanalytics.com/products/winthermlt/

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Features: Optimization of Marine Components Using CFD
Posted Fri May 24, 2002 @03:00PM
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Application The French engineering company Sirehna has been developing and promoting optimal design approaches, especially involving CFD, for a long time. Their current policy is to combine the advantages of the most efficient flow pre- and post-processoring tools (Gridgen and Fieldview) together with Frontier, an advanced tool for design space investigation and optimization, to form an automatic system for design optimization.

The FLUENT flow solver is used in the two following applications, however, the optimization process is independent from the choice of flow solver. Other applications have been developed using ICARE, a dedicated solver for free surface flows in viscous fluid around a ship hull.

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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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