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Events: Fluent offers Free Engine Simulation Seminar
Posted Mon November 11, 2002 @04:45PM
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ANSYS FLUENT Pushing the Envelope in Engine Simulation
A one-day Seminar on Friday, December 13th from 10:00am to 2:30pm at the Hewlett Packard Facility in Novi, Michigan.

Fluent Inc., Optimum Power, and Hewlett Packard have come together to present a free workshop featuring the latest technology in engine modeling. By coupling the innovative 1D gas dynamics modeling capabilities within VIRTUAL ENGINES with the full 3D moving mesh simulations in FLUENT6, you can apply "the best of both worlds" to your own modeling process, which means more accurate simulations used earlier in the design cycle.

To find out more about this workshop and about your chance to see live demonstrations of the products, learn about new and upcoming functionality and see industrial validation cases, visit: /

We look forward to meeting you!

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New Software: EASA Version 2 Released
Posted Mon November 11, 2002 @04:06PM
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ANSYS CFX AEA Technology has announced Version 2.0 of EASA (Enterprise Accessible Software Applications) that provides substantial improvements in its ability to provide simplified access to complex technical software.

“EASA provides an intuitive Web-based environment through which users can access any software application, commercial or in-house. This makes it possible to expand access to a company’s software tools without providing specialized user training and greatly simplifying deployment and maintenance,” said Sebastian Dewhurst, Vice President, Enterprise Applications for AEA Technology Engineering Software. The new version offers the ability to include 3D graphics within the custom applications created in the EASA environment. It also provides several new user interface options and a graphical tool that greatly simplifies linking the EASA applications to underlying software. Finally, EASA 2.0 includes a new optimization module that automatically searches a defined parametric space for the optimal solution as defined by the user.

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Application: Electronic Cooling Simulation Helps Reduce Design Time
Posted Mon November 11, 2002 @11:45AM
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Application By Dr. Samir El-Khabiry
Hamilton Sundstrand
Rockford, Illinois

Electronics cooling simulation is helping a major aerospace manufacturer reduce design time while minimizing system weight. Thermal management is important for safe and reliable operation of all electronic equipment, and is especially so for airborne systems. Yet it can take several months and cost on the order of $10,000 to build and test a single prototype for certain equipment. For Hamilton Sundstrand, a maker of power modules for aerospace and marine applications, these obstacles have been overcome by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to evaluate the effectiveness of different designs. By using simulations to better understand the airflow within each proposed device, engineers can determine the best methods for heat removal before the first prototype is built. In this manner, the company can often find novel ways to improve thermal management while reducing component weight.

During the past several years in all sectors of the electronics business, system functionality has been steadily increasing while system size has been steadily decreasing. The combination of these trends has led to a steady increase in the amount of heat generated per unit volume. Removing internally generated heat requires an effective path along which the heat can flow from the heat-dissipating components to the surroundings. To meet this need, a variety of cooling techniques is available to design engineers including, for example, conduction, natural convection, forced-air cooling, radiation cooling, and liquid cooling. Selecting and eventually optimizing thermal management has relied on, traditionally, building a series of physical prototypes using different cooling methods, and measuring the performance of each.

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New Software: Blue Ridge Numerics Announces Release of CFdesign v6.0
Posted Thu November 07, 2002 @08:15AM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics Inc. announces the release of CFdesign® v6.0 software for fluid flow and heat transfer simulation. CFdesign v6.0 focuses on rapid product optimization with new capabilities to enable mainstream product development engineers working on tight deadlines to simulate multiple (10, 20, even 100) design scenarios simultaneously and then interactively visualize, compare, and share simulation results throughout the process.

The speed in which CFdesign uses native MCAD models to analyze and qualitatively compare design variations is what sets CFdesign apart from traditional CFD applications. On average, implementing CFdesign can reduce the time it takes to develop, test, and prove a new product design by 70% while also reducing the costs associated with staff time and materials by 65%.

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New Software: Virtual Vantage V3.1 Released
Posted Fri November 01, 2002 @06:58PM
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Post Processing Fuel-Tech N.V. has announced the launch of Virtual Vantage(TM) 3.1, which offers users significant improvements over previous versions and offers Fuel Tech additional opportunities for market penetration of the product.

Release 3.1 of the Virtual Vantage visualization software expands the supported dataset formats to include Tecplot 3D datasets. This is important as any simulation software that can export data into Tecplot's FEBLOCK=BRICK format can now use Virtual Vantage software for post-processing. In addition, the Virtual Vantage 3.1 product adds isosurface viewing in wire frames to its array of streamline, plane, and surface-based visualization objects. Finally, all Virtual Vantage releases now support stereo on Linux systems with stereo-enabled Quadro 4 graphics cards from NVIDIA.

A number of conveniences for the user have been added as well. These include:

  • contour color maps which are automatically optimized at the click of a button
  • streamlines that are counted as they pass through selection planes
  • an expanded and user-configurable list of shortcut keys on alternative input devices (i.e., Spaceball and SpaceMouse)
  • user alerts to guide productivity
  • improvements to the already highly intuitive user interface

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Research: World-wide Survey on the State of Finite Element Analysis
Posted Thu October 31, 2002 @09:39AM
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News NAFEMS would like to invite you to participate in a world-wide survey on the use of finite element (and related) technology. The survey is being carried out by FENET, which is a network of various organisations with the common objective of improving both the quality of industrial applications of finite element technology and the level of confidence that can be placed in the computed results.

The network is engaged in a range of activities aimed at facilitating the effective exchange of experience and knowledge amongst the different industrial sectors. This questionnaire is an attempt to obtain an overview of the current finite element scene throughout the world. In addition to seeking the views of industrial users, the views of software vendors and academia are also being sought.

The results of the questionnaire will be made available to all respondents. In addition to documenting current state of practice, by industry sector, it is anticipated that the results will provide the basis for other useful business benefits, including …

  • Input to technical strategies and roadmaps
  • A focus for identifying potential areas of competitive advantage
  • Identification of areas for possible code development
  • Identification of differences in awareness and use of technology across sectors

As a small token of appreciation in helping us gather this information, on completion of the questionnaire, we will provide you with a free download of the NAFEMS document “How to Integrate CAD and FE”.

To complete the on-line questionnaire, please click on the following link

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