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New Software: CFDStudio/ANSWER V5.5 Released
Posted Fri September 27, 2002 @10:48AM
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News CFDStudio/ANSWER v5.5 is the new release of the well-established ANSWER CFD Software Tool developed by ACRi. The general purpose Navier-Stokes solver, ANSWER, now comes bundled with CFDStudio, the integrated development environment for CFD applications. Among the many new features are:

# Gridless Computing (2D only; 3D under development),

# Dynamic english-language programming for user-specified physics (without FORTRAN or C Programming),

# Multi-physics capability,

# Versatile library of functions for field variables, fluid properties, sources, and initial and boundary conditions,

# Hybrid elements such as hexahedra, prisms, pyramids, tetrahedra, triangles and quads. Any combination of elements are acceptable.

# Adaptive Gridding / Auto Refinement at runtime based on flexible user-specified runtime criteria.

# If-then-else type of conditional statements.

# Expanded and improved library of matrix solvers,

# Computational improvements and enhancements for efficiency and versatility of application.

--- CFDStudio is the new Integrated Development Environment (IDE) developed by ACRi, for use in CFD problem setup, runtime and postprocessing.

In technical terms, CFDStudio is a "wysiwyg" (what you see is what you get) type of development environment for CFD applications. That is, as you are setting up a CFD problem, there is never a blind spot, you can always visualize what type of boundary condition you are specifying, and to what region. Any specification that you have provided can be viewed at a later time.

The entire development environment is built on a "point-and-click" approach, minimizing the guess work. The problem setup (specification of geometry, initial and boundary conditions, sources, sinks, fluid properties, solution and output options etc.), initiation and graphical representation of CFD solution, as well as the postprocessing of the results (including contours, vectors, slices, etc) are all done in the CFDStudio environment, eliminating the need for 3rd party software, and flattening the learning curve even for the most novice CFD software user.

For detailed information, or to request a 30-day free evaluation copy (qualifying professionals only) please visit CFDStudio/ANSWER website at:

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European CFX Conference A Success
Posted Fri September 27, 2002 @10:45AM
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News The European CFX Conference 2002 took place in Strasbourg, France September 16-18. Two hundred participants from all parts of Europe, North America, and Asia attended this outstanding event, where more than fifty technical presentations were given in three parallel sessions.

One of the highlights of the CFX Conference was the invited lecture given by Nick Holroyd from Team New Zealand, which will defend the America's Cup next year, on the use of CFX to increase their competitive advantage in yacht design. Five short courses on turbulence, combustion, turbo machinery, multi-phase flow, and HVAC & fire and safety were very well attended and provided an up-to-date overview of the knowledge in each field. Seventeen booths formed an interesting exhibition which provided additional information to the participants. Social highlights included excellent French cuisine in a restaurant close to Strasbourg's medieval cathedral and in an old winery.

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New Software: GiD 7 Mesh Generator Released
Posted Mon September 23, 2002 @04:38AM
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Grid Generation Version 7 of the pre and postprocessing program GiD has been released. This software product is widely used to generate meshes for CFD analysis. It supports the following type of mesh elements:
  • Structured/Unstructured triangles/Quads
  • Structured hexas
  • Unstructured tetras
GiD is also a powerful tool for CFD postprocessing

Among others, one of the CFD programs that uses GiD is Tdyn

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Visualization: 3D Display Without Special Glasses
Posted Mon September 23, 2002 @03:53AM
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Hardware Philips Research is working on an LCD computer-monitor which can display images in 3D without the encumberance of special glasses.

The display is a heady blend of new technology and another childhood favorite: lenticular imaging. Lenticulars are those colorful cards with finely ridged plastic over a color picture that either have a 3-D look or appear to move as you tilt the card from side to side. Those plastic ridges are actually lenses, and they focus on narrow strips of color that make up the images. Multiple images are interlaced beneath the lenses, so that your eyes build different views as your perspective changes.

Philips' innovation applies a lenticular surface to a high-resolution color LCD. The LCD screen displays tightly interleaved slices of several versions of the scene, giving that same sense of dimensional perspective. The demo at Philips Research is compelling. As you sit before the 17-inch monitor, people and objects seem to come to life. Scenes with well-lit foreground objects and a full range of texture and shadow behind the objects work best.

The other half of the equation is converting everyday 2-D images into 3-D images. Philips engineers developed an algorithm to examine each frame and determine which objects are in the foreground by virtue of their brightness, the sharpness of their edges (focus), and their depth.

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Application: CFD Improves Heart Pump Design
Posted Tue September 17, 2002 @02:28PM
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Application Scientists at Rice University's Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department are using distributed-memory parallel computers, CFD codes, and EnSight software from Computational Engineering International to visualize blood flow through LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Devices). Their goal is to make LVADs more efficient and less prone to clotting.

LVADs are implantable pumps that assist a damaged heart while a patient waits for a transplant. Although the device is buying many patients valuable time, it is still considered experimental. The promise of a better long-term solution has researchers around the world studying LVADs.

Rice's LVAD simulations have enabled researchers to identify and quantify high-shear stress areas that can lead to the device's failure. They have also confirmed experimental observations regarding the persistent stagnation areas that lead to clotting. These results are giving researchers useful clues for improving centrifugal pump design.

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Portable Graphics Power
Posted Sun September 15, 2002 @03:57AM
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Hardware New graphics processing units (GPUs) from ATI Technologies and NVIDIA are providing better than ever performance for CAD and visualization programs on a laptop computer.

Cadalyst has posted a review of the new graphics chips. For the review, Cadalyst ran the ATI Mobility Fire GL 7800 and the NVIDIA Quadro4 500 Go GL graphics chips through the Cadalyst C2001 Benchmark in AutoCAD 2002, the MAXBench for 3D Studio MAX v.3.1, and the ViewPerf ProCDRS-03 test component that checks basic video performance.

The overall winner was the NVIDIA chip. It should be noted that the NVIDIA platform had a slightly faster processor (P4 2.0GHz vs. P4 1.7GHz), but that the NVIDIA chip still seems to be the faster chip for now.

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