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Events: Fuel Cell Web Presentations Offered
Posted Tue October 22, 2002 @10:31AM
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News Fluent Inc. invites you to attend two fuel cell web presentations. The presentations can be viewed through any standard web browser, and will last for about 45 minutes. If you are an engineering director or manager; if you are involved in fuel cell research and development; or if you would simply like to see the future of fuel cell development you should attend at least one of these presentations. One webinar will focus on solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), the other will focus on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). You are welcome to attend one, or both presentations.

Learn how you can exceed your fuel cell design expectations using FLUENT's robust solver, and FLUENT CFD tools specifically designed for fuel cells. With FLUENT CFD you can model complex simulations such as fluid flow; heat transfer; mass transfer in porous anode and cathode layers, electrochemical reactions, current transport and potential field in porous anode, cathode, and solid conducting regions, and more.

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Randy Gemmen, Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory; Dr. William Rogers, Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory; Dr. Ned Djilali, University of Victoria, BC, Dr. Mehrdad Shahnam, Fluent Inc. and Dr. Madhava Syamlal, Fluent Inc.

To register, or for additional information, visit

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New Software: New Thermal Analysis Tool with 3D CFD
Posted Tue October 22, 2002 @09:24AM
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News TASPCB is the revolutionary new thermal analysis software for printed circuit boards from Harvard Thermal. Increasing board densities and higher power dissipation require an accurate and thorough thermal analysis to insure the reliability of today's electronics. TASPCB enables companies to quickly and easily analyze the thermal design of their boards and address thermal management issues early in the design stage; dramatically reducing the time and expense of building prototypes.

TASPCB imports all the data from industry recognized ECAD tools and generates an accurate representation of the board including traces, vias, power and ground planes and true board shape. Using SmartMapping technology, TASPCB cross references the data to the built-in component library to generate accurate 3D representations of the components. Predicting heat transfer and air flow across the board is accomplished by the integrated CFD solver developed by Harvard Thermal. The air and the board are automatically and independently meshed for optimum solution of each domain and optimum solution speed. Results can be viewed graphically or in tabular format to identify over temperature-components.  Components can be simply drag and dropped and heat sinks added to solve problems. TASPCB models can be exported to TAS, Ansys, NASTRAN, and FEMAP for system level analysis.

Harvard Thermal is located in Harvard, Massachusetts.  The company provides cutting edge software solutions for thermal management as well as thermal, structural and fluid flow consulting services.  For additional information on Harvard Thermal or the other software products and services they offer, please visit their web site at or call (978) 772-3800.

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New Software: Release of FLOW-3D V8.1
Posted Mon October 21, 2002 @01:56PM
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News Flow Science, Inc. announces the availability of a new upgrade release of its FLOW-3D computational fluid dynamics software. Version 8.1 features multi-processor capability, new models and improvements to existing models, new file compression options, continued advances in the FLOW-VU visualization tool, and a general speed-up in tested calculation speeds.

This release makes available to interested users a version of FLOW-3D that will run on shared memory, multiple processor computers. The implementation is based on OpenMP technology and is available on Windows NT, 2000 and XP, HP-UX, Compaq DEC Alpha and SGI platforms.

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AVL Offers Integrated Approach to Exhaust Simulation
Posted Mon October 21, 2002 @01:46PM
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News The introduction of more stringent European and world-wide standards for engine emissions steadily increases the effort to develop new exhaust after-treatment systems. In order to reduce costs and time, the application of reliable computer models has become an indispensable part of any development in emission control and powertrain management. In early stages 1D simulation tools help perform basic system analysis and define first designs of catalytic converters and soot particle filters. 3D simulations are applied to evaluate the overall performance of fully integrated after-treatment systems and to tune final designs. In order to meet these requirements, AVL has recently introduced 1D approaches that are integrated within the thermodynamic and engine cycle simulation code BOOST, and 3D models as part of the CFD code FIRE.

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New Software: CFX-TASCflow Version 2.12
Posted Fri October 18, 2002 @08:13AM
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News The latest version of CFX-TASCflow, the leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for mechanical engineering, offers a new improved cavitation model, solves problems four times as large as the previous release, provides significant usability improvements and support of new 64-bit systems including Itanium. The new cavitation model, which is based on the volume of fluids (VOF) approach, provides solutions for many common application areas such as hydraulic flows in pumps, turbines, inducers and fuel injection systems. The new release supports 64-bit architectures such as HP UX 11, Solaris 8, and AIX 5I, making it possible to access more memory and solve problems of eight to ten million nodes in size in serial mode; more in parallel mode. "CFX-TASCflow Version 2.12 further advances CFXs leading position in the turbomachinery industry and helps demonstrate why leading companies such as Siemens, Sulzer Innotec, Dresser-Rand and many others depend on our software as their primary design tool, said Dr. Michael Raw, Vice-President CFX Product Development. We are continuing to expand the capabilities in our CFX system of software, ensuring that our CFD tools and services are uniquely qualified for solving real-world industrial problems.

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Business: ThermoAnalytics Signs Resellers
Posted Fri October 18, 2002 @08:05AM
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News ThermoAnalytics, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement with XC Engineering (XC) for XC to represent TAIs radiation solver software in the Republic of Italy for sales, support and engineering consulting purposes.
The same is announced for the SouthernEastern Europe region with SimTec Software & Services Ltd, based in Greece and with A-Ztech Ltd for Turkey and Israel.

ThermoAnalytics specializes in high-end radiation modeling and infrared signature prediction software for industrial, scientific and defense applications worldwide. In addition to its new presences, ThermoAnalytics, Inc. also has Associates for their products in Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Swizzerland. TAIs headquarters is located in Calumet, MI.

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