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Events: Fluent Turbomachinery Seminar
Posted Thu September 11, 2003 @08:18AM
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ANSYS FLUENT Fluent Inc., world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software is partnering with Concepts NREC and Engineous Software to offer a Lunch ’n Learn Seminar on the Design, Analysis and Optimization of Turbomachinery, Tuesday, October 7, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., in Southfield, MI.

The seminar is an excellent opportunity for designers, analysts and managers to see how off the shelf software from Concepts NREC, Fluent and Engineous can be used to build a complete simulation-based design system for turbomachinery. The morning session will include a live demonstration of the Agile Engineering Design System, EASy! For Pumps, focused on the design of an automotive water cooling pump.

The demonstration will employ the iSIGHT integration and optimization tool to determine an optimum impeller blade shape and the embedded FLUENT CFD volute module to analyze and optimize the volute geometry. In addition to hydraulics, geometrical constraints and low-cost manufacturing issues will be included in the design exercise. The design approach that will be presented is applicable to all classes of turbomachinery including pumps, fans and turbochargers.

For more information and to register for this free seminar, visit Fluent at

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Events: First CFX South American Users Conference
Posted Thu September 11, 2003 @08:11AM
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ANSYS CFX ESSS and ANSYS CFX invite all South American CFX Users and people interested in CFD technology, particularly the software CFX, to participate in the 1st CFX South American Users Conference to be held in Florianópolis from October 20th until 22nd.

It is important to mention that this Conference is going to be the first of its kind held in South America and we hope it will be a tremendous success as was the Oil Workshop held earlier this year by ESSS and PETROBRAS in Rio de Janeiro.

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Business: ACUITIV™ Software and Ascension Technology Form Alliance
Posted Wed September 10, 2003 @08:19AM
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Post Processing ACUITIV™ Software, the leading provider of next-generation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization software, and Ascension Technology Corporation, a leading manufacturer of motion tracking technology, today announced a joint partnership. As part of the agreement, both will participate in joint marketing and sales efforts, as well as complete interoperability testing. With this partnership, users of immersive environments will now benefit from an end-to-end visualization and motion capturing solution set.

As the popularity of immersive environments continues to grow in the automotive, aerospace and defense, energy, and chemical processing industries to better develop, analyze, and collaborate on product designs, ACUITIV Software and Ascension have partnered to offer customers the only combination of products that seamlessly integrates CFD visualization and motion tracking for real-time analysis, interaction, and control. Previously, additional software solutions and complex coding were required to ensure complete interoperability.

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AMD Releases Opteron 146 and 846 Processors
Posted Tue September 09, 2003 @04:15PM
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Hardware techman writes "AMD has released and Opteron Model 146 for 1P workstations and Opteron Model 846 for 4- to 8-way-capable servers , both at 2GHz.

The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core, which marked the introduction of AMD64, the industry’s first 64-bit, x86 technology implementation. This technology preserves companies’ investments in 32-bit applications, while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today’s most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.

Read the press release here: m/0,,51_104_543~74126,00.html"

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Application: Assessing Wind Power Potential of a Site with CFD
Posted Tue September 09, 2003 @08:29AM
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Application By Christiane Montavon,

The power and energy output of a wind turbine is a cubic function of the wind speed. Doubling the wind speed can mean a substantial increase in the energy output, thereby improving the economic viability of an installation. It is vital to assess the wind power potential of a site with as much accuracy as possible, taking into account seasonal as well as year to year variations in the local wind climate.

The standard way to assess the potential of a site is to measure the on-site wind conditions carefully and consistently for at least a year. Since wind conditions can vary significantly from year to year, measurements are usually correlated with measurements taken at a nearby site, for which a longer-term record is available. The measurements at the site of interest are then 'corrected' for the long-term trend.

At the time of assessing the wind energy potential of the site of Mt-Crosin East, Jakob Vollenweider, of the Swiss utility company JUVENT, considered an alternative option. In addition to a short-term measurement campaign, he commissioned a CFD analysis of the wind conditions on the site, which, together with a long-term data set at the meteorological station of Chasseral a few kilometers away, allowed construction of wind potential maps in the area of Mt-Crosin.

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Civil Protest Against CFD?
Posted Mon September 08, 2003 @08:44AM
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News Last week a group of people staged a protest outside Fluent's Sheffield, UK offices. Citing Fluent's "use of software for airflow modelling of missiles", the group was more likely trying to gain pubilicity for themselves by staging an early protest against this week's DSEi defense conference in London, of which Fluent is an exhibitor.

According to this report, four people barricaded a revolving door, two others locked themselves to the door using bicycle locks, and others hung banners including "Fluent Deal in Death" on the main entrance.

Police failed to stop the action because "work was not stopped" (a backdoor remained open), however, they are fortunate that an emergency did not occur in the building with the main entrance blocked.

Civil action has its place, but it is clear that this group is misguided -- another website reported the action as "Sheffield Arms Traders Targeted".

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