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Business: Industry Veteran to Aid CFdesign European Expansion
Posted Wed July 10, 2002 @04:57PM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics has announced that MCAE industry veteran Dr. Dennis Nagy has signed on as a strategic consultant to assist the company's expansion into the European market.

Dr. Nagy has held a number of leadership positions at prominent MCAE companies. His 30+ years of MCAE experience includes R&D (Stuttgart), faculty teaching (Princeton), software development, strategic product planning, sales and support (SDRC), end-user management (GE), marketing, sales management, general management, and executive management (MSC, Fluent).

“Dennis brings along a wealth of experience and we’re thrilled to have him on our team,” says Ed Williams, president of Blue Ridge Numerics. “We are confident his unique insight and extensive track record in conducting business in the European markets will greatly strengthen our business activities and help us further capitalize internationally on the numerous customer benefits delivered by CFdesign.”

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Events: European CFX Conference
Posted Wed July 10, 2002 @10:42AM
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Announcements CFX, a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, will be holding its European CFX Conference in Strasbourg, France, from 16–18 September, 2002. The Conference will focus on how companies can optimise their product and process design activities by exploiting the latest CFD solutions from CFX.

The conference will include:

  • Short courses presented by CFD experts.
  • An exhibition of hardware and software products which support CFX.
  • The ability to meet with CFX developers, support staff, and management.
  • The chance to share experiences with fellow CFX users.

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Features: CFD Increases Reliability for Caterpillar
Posted Mon July 08, 2002 @10:23AM
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Application Hydraulics is playing an increasingly important role in the performance of heavy equipment and as such, the reliability and effectiveness of hydraulic systems is becoming paramount. Caterpillar was the first company to investigate and use hydraulic systems within the engines of its larger vehicles. Most recently, the company has been using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to make vital adjustments to some of its hydraulic systems.

Caterpillar aims to design and manufacture superior hydraulic components, supported by high quality system maintenance and service, and its vehicles are renowned for their performance and reliability. So when it became clear that there was a problem with some of its larger vehicles, Caterpillar pulled out all the stops to find a solution.

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Visualization: New Volumetric 3-D Display
Posted Wed July 03, 2002 @05:30PM
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Hardware Actuality Systems has been raising some interest lately in their spherical display. In the roughly 10-inch diameter sphere, data is displayed using their volumetric 3-D display technology.

The display allows for 360-degree all-around viewing for multiple people. Recently, the US Army Research Lab has undertaken a project to determine the potential for the technology in the military simulation field.

There are several basic volume rendering methods. Actuality Systems uses a translucent screen, spinning at 730 rpm onto which 2-D slices of the 3-D model are projected. The result is a convincing, interactive, colorful 3D image that can be seen from any angle in the room.

Currently, displays such as this one cost around $50,000 US. However, as the cost drops, we may begin to see this technology in CFD visualization.

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Application: CFD Helps Ensure Thermal Integrity of Lithography System
Posted Wed July 03, 2002 @05:02PM
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Application Engineers at ASML have guaranteed the thermal reliability of a heat-sensitive unit in record time using Flo/MCAD, a software tool designed to take production-quality CAD files and quickly and easily simplify them for thermal analysis within Flotherm, Flomerics' thermal management package. The powerful Flo/MCAD tool allowed ASML to simplify existing production-quality Solid Edge CAD file data for the control cabinet of its AT:1100 lithographic system, saving considerable engineering design time by automatically eliminating intricate details surplus to requirements for thermal analysis purposes. Prior to the launch of Flo/MCAD, Engineers were forced to laboriously re-key data from original CAD files in a simplified format suitable for thermal simulation. Flo/MCAD eases this task, giving Design Engineers exact control on the level of retained detail, saving time and ensuring a simulation's accuracy.

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New Software: ICEM Adds CATIA V5 Support to HEXA
Posted Tue July 02, 2002 @05:09PM
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Grid Generation ICEM CFD has added Catia V5 native CAD support to their HEXA mesh generator.

ICEM CFD Hexa CAA V5 runs as a plug-in application within CATIA V5. This application allows the user to create hexahedral volume meshes within CATIA V5. The ICEM CFD Hexa meshing set-up, mesh size, family definitions are defined with the ICEM CFD toolbar. These meshing specifications as well as the resulting ICEM CFD Hexa mesh are stored within the CATIA V5 Analysis document. Users can make changes to the original design and the mesh can be regenerated based on the stored mesh set-up data.

To use the HEXA CATIA V5 software, you must have a CATIA V5 license for ME2.

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