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Application: Forest Fire Management Using STAR-CD
Posted Wed March 05, 2003 @10:02AM
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Application Dr. Stephen T. McIlwain and Kevin Jones, CD adapco Group

Forest fires cost the United States millions of dollars per year in property and land loss and were responsible for the deaths of numerous firefighters and civilians last year. In addition, this year, there have been highly publicized aviation disasters that have occurred in attempting to extinguish the infernos.

What if the likely ignition locations of these fires could be predicted? What if the spread of these fires could be predicted and therefore controlled before becoming uncontrollable? Unusually for a CFD challenge this is not about reducing design costs, nor about meeting production deadlines: it is, however, about protecting the environment and saving property and lives where the deadlines are even more critical.

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Events: AVL-AST User Meeting Intl. 2003
Posted Wed March 05, 2003 @09:54AM
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News We are pleased to announce AVL´s International User Meeting on Fluid Dynamics and Structural Dynamics to be held in Autumn 2003.

It is the second time we are offering this user meeting for our users on the fluid dynamics side as well as on the structural dynamics side.

Part of the programme will be dedicated to presentations on successful applications by users of AVL software. Additional information on the current development status and future plans will be provided by members of the AVL development team.

13th October 2003
In the evening, AVL would like to welcome you in Graz, the European Cultural Capital 2003!

14th - 15th October 2003
User Meeting 2003
Graz, Austria

16th - 17th October 2003
Parallel Workshops Fluid Dynamics and Structural Dynamics

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New Software: ANSYS Announces CFX-TurboGrid 2.1
Posted Tue March 04, 2003 @11:11AM
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News ANSYS Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced the release of CFX-TurboGrid(tm) version 2.1 featuring new technology developed by recently acquired CFX, a leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services for turbomachinery. CFX-TurboGrid 2.1 provides analysts of rotating machinery with the mesh creation tool required to increase productivity and optimize design. CFX-TurboGrid uses newly developed technology to create a high-quality hexahedral mesh while preserving the underlying geometry, allowing for accurate and fast CFD analysis. New automated functions further simplify the grid-generation step in the analysis process.

As part of the CFX system of integrated software for turbomachinery applications which includes CFX-5(tm), CFX-TASCflow(tm) and CFX-BladeGen(tm), earlier versions of CFX-TurboGrid serves more than 250 users worldwide in more than 150 companies. Grid generation is a key element in CFD analysis, particularly in the exacting turbomachinery field. High-quality grids are required to generate the accurate results needed to compare performance simulation of multiple designs. In industries where meeting rigorous specifications is paramount and small increases in efficiency can lead to millions of dollars profit, CFX-TurboGrid is a software tool that provides fast turnaround of the grid-generation process to ensure maximum utility from the CFD analysis process.

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Business: Flow Science Announces New Associate for Canada
Posted Mon March 03, 2003 @01:40PM
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News Flow Science, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement with the Simulations Group, Inc., for that firm to sell and provide technical support Flow Science’s FLOW-3D® computational fluid dynamics software in Canada.

Flow Science ( is a privately-held software company specializing in high fidelity fluid dynamics modeling software for industrial and scientific applications worldwide. In addition to its new presence in the Taiwan, Flow Science also has Associates for FLOW-3D® in Japan, Germany, Korea, Russia, Finland, Norway, Italy, Spain & Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Flow Science is located in Santa Fe, NM.

The Simulations Group ( is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The principal is Dr. Babak Saberi. The Simulations Group specializes in the use of CFD and other simulation tools for manufacturing, automotive, environmental, civil hydraulics and chemical process applications.

For information, contact Flow Science at (505) 982-0088 or or the Simulations Group at 905-286-4321 or

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CFdesign v6 is Certified for Autodesk Inventor 6
Posted Mon March 03, 2003 @09:30AM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics Inc., developer of CFdesign® software for fluid flow, heat transfer, and electronics cooling simulation, announces that its latest release of CFdesign, has received certification for Autodesk Inventor® 6 under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. Certification is granted to applications that meet standards set by Autodesk to ensure quality, robustness and the highest level of interoperability with Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software.

CFdesign v6.0 focuses on rapid product optimization with new capabilities to enable mainstream product development engineers working on tight deadlines. The speed in which CFdesign v6.0 uses highly complex Autodesk Inventor software assemblies 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 reducing the costs associated with staff time and materials by 65%.

Changes made to a component or assembly within Autodesk Inventor software are automatically reflected in CFdesign v6.0, eliminating the time-consuming task of creating and managing multiple geometry models during a project lifecycle. With CFdesign v6.0 there is always only one model and it is updated and managed within Autodesk Inventor software.

Receive a Free Demo CD at Booth #5901

Visitors to the National Design Engineering Show (March 3-6) can see a demonstration of CFdesign and receive a free CFdesign v6.0 demonstration CD in the Autodesk Partner Pavillion, located in Exhibit Hall A on Level 3 of McCormick Place South.

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Events: Reynolds Day
Posted Fri February 28, 2003 @11:12AM
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News The UK Pilot Centre of ERCOFTAC (the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion) has proposed an annual day called Osborne Reynolds Day in honour of one of our most outstanding fluid mechanicists. This event is proposed to meet and exchange ideas, and hear some outstanding overview research lectures on key aspects of our subject - that is, in Flow Turbulence and Combustion (FTAC).

As well as a programme of keynote lectures, there will be oral presentations of interesting current and re-cently completed PhD research projects. The best presentation will be awarded The Osborne Reynolds Prize.

Web site information at or contact Dr. Filippone (

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