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Application: CFD Used in Redesigning Shuttle Tank for Safety
Posted Thu October 02, 2003 @08:24AM
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Application The Huntsville (AL) Times has this story about the redesign effort underway at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on the space shuttle's external fuel tank.

Marshall engineers have been working on short- and long-range plans that will eliminate known problem areas on the tank where foam comes off during flight, which led to the destruction of the shuttle Columbia Feb. 1. They eventually plan to move the complex fuel lines and cables, which need excessive amounts of insulating foam, from the outside of the tank.

Lab technicians at Marshall in Huntsville have been trying to design improved ways to apply foam to the tank by hand and to devise test programs for a newly shaped external tank, said Neil Otte, Marshall's external tank deputy program manager.

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New Software: Amtec Releases Tecplot Version 10
Posted Mon September 29, 2003 @08:13AM
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Post Processing Amtec Engineering, Inc., a data visualization software developer, today announced the release of Tecplot 10. Tecplot is technical plotting software with extensive XY, 2- and 3-D capabilities for visualizing data from analyses, simulations and experiments. Tecplot 10 marks a major milestone for Amtec, which first released Tecplot in 1988.

The Version 10 release includes new capabilities in three key areas: plotting tools, data management, and the user interface. These enhancements help give Tecplot users complete control to explore, analyze and communicate their results. This flexibility is the key differentiator between Tecplot and competing data visualization products, which restrict or limit the options users have to create the exact plot that they want.

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Application: CFD Optimization of Inhaled Therapies
Posted Thu September 25, 2003 @01:36PM
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Application By Keith McCormack,
Department of Medical Physics, University of Sheffield, UK
and Ian Jones,

Using state-of-the-art modeling techniques, COPHIT software simulates the entire dynamic drug delivery process for particulate, aerosol and gaseous drug types, from the device, through the lungs to the pulmonary system. The software is designed for use by pharmaceutical companies and clinicians who need to predict and optimize inhaled therapies, and allows deposition and uptake to be customized for particular drugs, delivery devices, diseases and even individual patients. It has been developed within COPHIT, which is a project part-funded by the Commission of the European Communities.

The software is the first known implementation of a fully-coupled 1-D/3-D model of the complete pulmonary drug delivery process.

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Events: German CFX Conference 2003
Posted Thu September 25, 2003 @11:26AM
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News ANSYS CFX, a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, will be holding its CFX Conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, from 4 - 6 November 2003. The conference will focus on how companies can optimise their product and process design activities by exploiting the latest CFD solutions from ANSYS CFX.

The three day conference will consist of short courses in specialized areas, presentations by CFX customers, technical specialists and partners, and an exhibition by CFX and other vendors.

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AMD Athlon 64 CPU and Windows XP 64-bit OS Announced
Posted Tue September 23, 2003 @03:30PM
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Hardware techman wrote in with two interesting 64-bit computing news items:

AMD today marked the next frontier in computing, introducing the world’s first and only Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processor – the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor – and paving the way for a jaw-dropping PC experience. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor delivers what no other PC processor can: the highest overall 32-bit performance for today’s demanding applications and the power of 64-bit computing for the next wave of software.

For mainstream desktop users, AMD unveiled the long-awaited AMD Athlon 64 processor, bringing the benefits of AMD64 technology to desktop and notebook users and delivering unprecedented application performance for consumers and businesses. The AMD Athlon 64 processor provides extraordinary 32-bit software application performance while allowing a simplified migration path to 64-bit applications.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the beta availability of a native 64-bit version of its Windows XP operating system designed to support 64-Bit Extended Systems, including platforms based on AMD64 technology from AMD. Microsoft made the announcement at AMD's launch of the AMD Athlon 64 processor in San Francisco. The updated 64-bit operating system, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, which will run natively on AMD Athlon 64 processor-powered desktops and AMD Opteron processor-powered workstations, provides the superior performance needed by consumers and business customers for the next generation of high-performance desktop computing.

We highlighted the benefits of the AMD 64-bit processor for CFD analysis in this article.

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Application: CFD Used In Sonic Boom Test Program
Posted Tue September 23, 2003 @08:13AM
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Application Engineers at Wyle Laboratories have played a significant role in the Northrop Grumman sonic boom test program. Wyle was under contract to Northrop Grumman for the DARPA sponsored Quiet Supersonic Platform (QSP) and the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration (SSBD) project.

The objective of the Quiet Supersonic Platform was to develop advanced technology for low-boom supersonic aircraft while the objective of the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration project was flight verification that the shape of a sonic boom could be controlled by proper configuration of the aircraft.

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