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New Software: MultiElement Airfoil Analysis
Posted Thu October 10, 2002 @11:16AM
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News Hanley Innovations, a small business specializing in aerodynamics and fluid dynamics software development for education and industry, announced today the release of Dr. Hanley's Aerodynamics: MultiElement Airfoils, a user-friendly software package for the conceptual design and analysis of airfoils and bodies in close proximity to each other. MultiElement Airfoils runs on a PC under Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP.

MultiElement Airfoils is intended for use as a conceptual design/analysis tool for the professional engineering and educational communities. The software can be used to rapidly create 2-D models and generate insight into many relevant engineering problems. For example, high lift wing configurations, race car spoilers in ground effect, biplane wings, double keel/rudder configurations, hydrofoils in shallow water, sail interactions and many other problems can be easily modeled with this tool.

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Events: Seminars in Process Equipment Design Offered
Posted Mon October 07, 2002 @04:48PM
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News Fluent Offers Two Days of Seminars
Focus: Application of CFD in Designing Process Equipment

Are you an engineer, scientist or manager within the process equipment design industry who would like to gain a better understanding of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and/or learn how it can be used to benefit your process unit operations? Are you curious about how CFD can be applied to your industry to gain better, faster results?

Fluent Inc. is pleased to offer two, back-to-back, one-day seminars featuring a review of CFD, and an overview of the application of CFD in the process equipment design industries. The purpose of these seminars is to teach engineers, scientists, and managers about the latest technical developments in CFD and how this technology can be used to model and improve process unit operations.

In today’s process equipment design field, the flow in equipment, such as chemical reactors, stirred tanks, fluidized beds, cyclones, spray dryers, heat exchangers, is analyzed using CFD. In many cases, the CFD analysis results in improved performance, better reliability, more confident scale-up, improved product consistency, and increased plant productivity.

Visit for course descriptions, dates, location, course fee information, and to register online. You may choose to attend one or both of these seminars, depending on your background or needs.

Registration is also possible by contacting Fluent’s Training Coordinator, Kelly Carter, at 603-643-2600 or

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MIRA Invests Heavily in CFD Software
Posted Fri October 04, 2002 @03:25PM
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News MIRA, an independent European product engineering and test services provider for the automotive industry, has recently invested extensively in engineering software from Fluent Europe following a rigorous evaluation process. This contract crowns the growing relationship between the two companies over the last 18 months, after working jointly on an underhood CFD methodology for cars. Commenting on the investment and the rapidly developing relationship with Fluent, Head of Aerodynamics at MIRA, Dr Anthony Baxendale said: "We chose the FLUENT CFD software as it offers a wide range of functionality, it is easy to use and robust. Another factor in our decision was that the FLUENT code is requested by many of our major clients primarily in the automotive industry."

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Events: CD Adapco Offers Fuel Cell Seminar
Posted Wed October 02, 2002 @03:34PM
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News The CD adapco Group would like to invite you to attend a free 45 minute seminar on "CFD simulation of PEM fuel cell technology using STAR-CD" at the fuel cells exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany on 14-15 October.

The CD adapco Group has recognised the growing interest in fuel cell technology and the use of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) as a means of developing cleaner and more efficient electric power units for automotive applications. We have been involved in an intensive program of collaborative research and development, with expert partners such as the Fuel Cells Department of the University of South Carolina, with the aim of providing the industry with the best CFD analysis solutions in this area.

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Application: CFD Improves Freezer Design
Posted Wed October 02, 2002 @08:05AM
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Application Researchers at the von Karman Institute used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to decrease ambient air entrainment in an ice cream freezer by 30 percent, improving the operation of the freezer in hot, humid climates. Previously, the freezer had a problem with frost buildup in these environments. One option for solving the problem was to build and test alternative freezer designs, but the manufacturer ruled that out because of the time and expense involved. Researchers at the von Karman Institute used CFD for this project because it provided a faster method of evaluating multiple designs. Once a CFD model of the problem was created, researchers could quickly change freezer geometry and operating parameters and see how the new design affected airflow and temperature. A series of CFD analyses led to design changes that redirected the flow field to prevent ambient air from entering the freezer compartment.

The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium, is a non-profit international educational and scientific organization, hosting three departments: aeronautics and aerospace, environmental and applied fluid dynamics, and turbomachinery. The institute provides post-graduate education in fluid dynamics and encourages "training in research through research." Created in 1956 following Theodore von Kármán's proposal, it is currently supported with subsidies from most of the member countries of NATO and with additional income derived from contract research. The Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, created in 1974, is the youngest department at the Institute. Its activities are related to a wide range of domains such as biological flows, multiphase flows, wind effects on buildings and structures, gas dispersion in the atmosphere, heat transfer, rocket engine fuel supply, for example. Some of the industrial fields in which this department has already been active include: coating processes, continuous casting of steel, pneumatic transport, spray and jet cooling, galvanization of strips and wires, cyclone separators, synthetic fibers, micronization of solid materials, and gas/droplets separation.

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CFX Answers Back
Posted Mon September 30, 2002 @03:50PM
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News Dr. Michael Raw, Vice President of Product Development for CFX and one of the original authors of the CFX series of CFD solvers, has written back with answers to the questions posted here recently.

Before we get to the answers, I would like to thank Dr. Raw for his prompt reply. Heading up product development at CFX is a very time-consuming job and I am thankful for his time.

Now, on to the questions and answers...

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