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New Software: CFD Simulation for Better Fuel Cell Design
Posted Thu November 20, 2003 @11:19AM
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News The CD adapco Group announces the release of its new "Expert System" software tool, es-pemfc, destined to play an important role in optimizing PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) design for practical automotive and stationary applications. The new tool is “knowledge based”, carrying with it the essential electrochemistry, fluid flow, heat transfer, and geometrical modeling capabilities required for advanced PEMFC design.

es-pemfc works with STAR-CD (the Group's computational fluid dynamics, CFD, code) as a specialized virtual design, prototyping and testing environment. Typical issues that can be handled include: cooling channel design, water management to optimize humidity and avoid flooding, design and operation with safe pressure balance across the membrane, and more. These aspects together with gaining a better understanding of the electrochemistry and electrical properties involved enable a better overall balance between all parameters to be achieved, leading to optimized fuel cell performance.

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Events: FLUENT CFD Conference, 2003 for India and South East Asia
Posted Mon November 17, 2003 @08:24AM
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News Fluent India invites you for the Fluent CFD conference for India & South East Asia, scheduled for November 18-20, 2003 at Pune, India. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for Fluent's rapidly expanding CFD community to meet and present some of the best CFD applications.

Participation is open for all Fluent users in India and South East Asia.

The objectives of the seminar are:

  • To learn about latest developments in CFD from well-known experts in respective fields
  • To present work in the areas of research or application of CFD to real engineering problems
  • To provide a forum where CFD researchers and practitioners can meet and share their expertise and experiences
  • To familiarize you with latest developments in Fluent software and to allow you to provide input which will influence our future product development plans

For more information or to register, please visit the Conference Website

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First CFX South America Users Conference Successful
Posted Mon November 17, 2003 @08:18AM
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News The 1st CFX South America Users Conference, sponsored by ESSS, was held in Florianópolis, a beautiful island in southern Brazil on October 20th-22nd. The conference was a great success in attracting many of those involved in CFD in Brazil and the rest of South America.

Participants and attendees had the opportunity to get learn about a broad range of fluid flow modeling techniques and to become aware of on-going research projects carried out by top South America companies and universities. About 80 visitors attended the event during the 3 days. Dr. Brad Hutchinson from ANSYS CFX was an invited speaker and made 2 presentations - the ANSYS CFX RoadMap and a CFX Product Development Update.

Twenty-five technical presentations from customers were given and two discussion sessions (multiphase and turbomachinery) were held providing the attendees with the opportunity to exchange information about best practices. In addition, participants could attend Short-Courses on Element-based Finite Volume Method and Turbulence Modeling.

Based on feedback from attendees, this is expected to be an annual event.

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CD adapco e-news Available
Posted Fri November 07, 2003 @10:24AM
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News The CD adapco Group would like to invite all CFD users to sign up for the monthly news service, "e-Dynamics".

The newsletter contains news about the products and services of the group, along with application stories from a wide range of industry sectors.

To sign up for e-Dynamics or to review the last issue, please visit the e-Dynamics website.

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Private Spaceship Control Problems Fixed
Posted Fri November 07, 2003 @10:16AM
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News is running a story about a private spaceship design which had control problems which were fixed through testing, despite the availability of CFD analysis data. Unfortunately, the article does not cover the reason for using testing over CFD to fix the problem. Could the problem not be solved by CFD? Would CFD take too long? Perhaps it was simply due to the fact that they were at the test site and did not have access to CFD modeling.

Engineers at Scaled Composites have been wrestling with issues of airflow over tail control surfaces of their SpaceShipOne suborbital vehicle. A fourth high-altitude drop test of the craft on October 17 has assessed several modifications to the tail section.

Aerodynamic troubles with the tail cropped up in a previous drop test in September. SpaceShipOne encountered an unwanted nose rise, but was safely maneuvered to runway touchdown by the craft's pilot, Mike Melvill.

Putting high-tech computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of their design aside, SpaceShipOne handlers decided to "road test" the craft's boom-tail.

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Events: STAR-CD and STAR CCM European User Conference
Posted Thu November 06, 2003 @09:17AM
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News The CD adapco Group is delighted to invite you to its 12th European User Conference, coinciding with the launch of STAR CCM, a big step forward in CFD technology based on state-of-the-art computational continuum mechanics methods.

The conference will be held on March 15-16, 2004 at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith, London. This new location enables us to invite more attendees and host more application presentations than ever before, as well as parallel sessions for workshops and training courses.

This invitation extends to anyone in the CFD community or other interested parties, not just CD adapco Group product users.

Objectives of the meeting:

  • To inform you about the latest features and developments of our CFD/CAE products and services, with a special focus on the new STAR CCM empowered computational continuum mechanics codes and their unique benefits in terms of meshing speed and robustness, solving accuracy and speed, quicker turnaround time and multiphysics capabilities
  • To enable you to meet with employees of the CD adapco Group and fellow CFD users
  • To provide an opportunity for you to listen to presentations given by others about their successful applications of our products
  • To offer workshops meeting your technology needs
  • To host an exhibition by our hardware and software vendors
  • To enable you to provide your input into our future developments
  • And much, much more!
For further information, visit the conference website.

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