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New Software: TGS, Inc. Releases Open Inventor 4.0
Posted Tue April 22, 2003 @10:02AM
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Post Processing TGS, Inc. is proud to announce the availability of its Version 4.0 of Open Inventor™. With this version of Open Inventor, TGS has taken customer-inspired enhancements and broadened both the functionality and flexibility of the Open Inventor toolkit. Open Inventor dramatically simplifies the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of scalable and interactive 3D applications and has become the de facto standard for development of cross-platform (Windows®, UNIX®, Linux®) 3D graphics applications in C++ and Java™.

Major enhancements in version 4.0 include: Native SoQt Library, Multi-Volume Support, Volume Geometry Nodes, Expanded Display Support, Bump Mapping Support, Improved Transparency, and much more.

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Events: Join ThermoAnalytics in Germany
Posted Mon April 21, 2003 @08:18AM
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News ThermoAnalytics, Inc. US, a leader in developing advanced engineering analysis software for thermal heat management and infrared signature prediction, will exhibit at SimPat 2003 - the Simulation and Visualisation in Processes, Applications and Technologies in Nürnberg, Germany, 13-15 May 2003. Simulaniously we will present a paper on coupling cfd and radiation at the World Fluid Dynamics Days.

Meet our engineers personally at the exhibition at booth 8-125 in cooperation with Fluent by registering at before 30 April 2003.

Join our presentation on 14 May 2003 in Nürnberg and receive a 30% reduced registration fee by registering before 30 April 2003 by email at

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CFD Applications in the Chemical and Process Industries
Posted Wed April 16, 2003 @01:18PM
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News From the production of polymers in stirred tank reactors to the making of Italian pasta through the moulder-extruders, "optimisation" is the keyword for the process engineers and plant operators. The question commonly asked by process engineers and plant operators is how to achieve the target product quality consistently in the shortest time and with the minimum energy input. To answer these questions, the engineers need to have a good understanding of the processes in their equipment.

For example, how the fluid is stirred and heated or mixed with other fluids and reacted chemically. These processes are complex and their effects are often inter-linked with each other. For example, the mixing of two fluids leads to a chemical reaction which generates heat and change in fluid viscosity which in turns affects the way of mixing.

In the last decade Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become a widely used analysis tool by engineers to gain a better understanding of the complex flow processes in their equipment.

The CD adapco Group has published an article which details the ways in which CFD can be used to optimized these processes.

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Application: CFD Helps in Ensuring Safe Power Plant
Posted Tue April 15, 2003 @03:50PM
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Application By R. Buettner, R. Walterskötter and H. Schmidt,
Framatome ANP GmbH TGT1, Germany

The safety aspects of gas turbine power plant have become a major concern around the world, and many local safety authorities now require the analysis of leakage in the gas supply of turbines as a part of the approval to operate plants. Safety is our specialty at the Technical Centre of Framatome ANP GmbH. Capitalizing on our extensive expertise in power plant technology, we offer a multi-disciplinary approach to consulting with, among others, competence in material technologies and thermal fluid dynamics.

Over the years, we have gained comprehensive experience in the safety aspects of gas turbine power, with the analysis of many different plants and designs. In a recent project, we looked at reducing hazards due to hypothetical leakages in the fuel gas system of a turbine. The turbine was located in an acoustic enclosure which employed forced-convection ventilation to diffuse any gas leakage to below a specified concentration level. The specified level is defined as "under control" by the local Health & Safety department. If this condition is fulfilled, the risk of an explosion causing significant damage or injury can be considered as controlled.

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New Software: GAMBIT 2.1 to Include Native CATIA V4 Translation
Posted Tue April 15, 2003 @10:10AM
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News Fluent Inc. and Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes company, today announced that Fluent's GAMBIT 2.1 preprocessor, due for general release in the next month, includes native CATIA V4 translation. GAMBIT is the preprocessor supplied with Fluent's world-leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Fluent has licensed the native CATIA V4 import technology from Spatial, which is the sole provider of true, native CATIA translators.

GAMBIT 2.1 also comes with several new capabilities for supporting the import of complex CAD models, such as automatic connectivity leading to unique Boolean approaches, automated cleanup tools, and easier decomposition tools. It also includes a new, hybrid volume meshing approach (HexCore) based on adaptive Cartesian technology.

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Events: STAR-CD North American User Conferences 2003
Posted Mon April 14, 2003 @02:59PM
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News The CD adapco Group proudly invites you to the 2003 North American STAR-CD User Conference. This year, we will be hosting conferences in two locations, Detroit and Seattle.

The Detroit Conference will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Novi, Michigan on May 7th and 8th.

User presentations from an array of industries, including auto, power generation, combustion and aerospace engineering, focusing on analytical results, will be held on the first day of the conference. The second day will be comprised of eight, 1.5 hour parallel sessions where you will gain knowledge of detailed code methodology and procedure.

  • Optimization Using STAR-CD and modeFrontier
  • Advanced Meshing and CAD Integration Processes
  • Reciprocating Engine Modeling
  • Underhood Thermal Management and Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Aftertreatment Modeling with STAR-CD Aeroacoustics
  • Fuel Cell Modeling
  • Rotating Machinery and Fluid Structure Interaction Modeling

We shall host an informal reception following the first day of presentations, where you are welcome to meet with other users, CD adapco Group staff, and enjoy the food and drink at the Doubletree Hotel.

The Seattle Conference will be held at the Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue, Washington on May 9th.

The format will be similar, with User presentations in the morning and some in depth seminars in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

Demonstrations from a variety of hardware and software vendors will be presented throughout both conferences.

To register, please visit our website.

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