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Propelling the Wright Flyer into the 21st Century
Posted Fri December 05, 2003 @09:27AM
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News Fluent Inc., world leaders in commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, announced today the results from a study that was undertaken as part of the centennial celebration of the first powered flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright in Kitty Hawk, NC. The project has been carried out in association with the Los Angeles Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to re-evaluate the original 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft with modern technologies not available to the Wright Brothers 100 years ago. The AIAA-LA chapter has built two full-scale replicas of the original Wright Brothers’ aircraft from the Smithsonian blue prints, and plans to fly their newest replica on Dec. 17, the anniversary of the original flight. To contribute to the AIAA-LA’s safety analysis of the replica, Fluent modeled the airflow around the aircraft’s propellers for a range of flight conditions, to reveal some of their aerodynamic secrets.

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Application: CFD Shortens Fan Design Time
Posted Thu December 04, 2003 @10:56AM
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Application by Chris Robinson and Peter Came,
PCA Engineers, UK

The Flakt Woods Group, a well-known manufacturer of large industrial fans, had to deliver to a major defense organization fans to be used in many different applications with very stringent and widely varying technical specifications and requirements. In order to meet the delivery schedule, they outsourced the design of one of the more challenging fans to PCA Engineers, engineering consultants specializing in turbomachinery design.

The critical requirement was that the fan should have nearly flat operating characteristics, so that delivery pressure does not rise significantly as the volume flow falls. Normally, we would have begun by looking for a similar design that we had done in the past, but we had never produced anything similar to this one.

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New Software: Optimal Solutions Launches Optimization Software
Posted Wed December 03, 2003 @08:39AM
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News On October 1, 2003, Optimal Solutions Software, L.L.C., officially launched “Sculptor™”, a revolutionary computational fluid dynamics (CFD) shape deformation and design optimization software tool. This major offering to the CFD industry answers the question of how to improve CFD designs—in the most cost-effective, timely manner.

Working synergistically with such CFD analysis codes as Fluent, WIND, StarCD, and NASA’s in-house CFD codes, the Sculptor design tool has assisted the auto industry, defense contractors, Department of Energy sites, and NASA in quickly finding solutions to complex CFD shaping issues.

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Business: ACUITIV Signs Distribution Agreement With YuriX Visual Simulation
Posted Mon December 01, 2003 @10:56AM
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Post Processing ACUITIV™ Software, the leading provider of next-generation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization software, today announced a distribution agreement with YuriX Visual Simulation SL (YuriX). Under the terms of the agreement, YuriX will offer ACUITIV Software’s award-winning CFD visualization solution throughout Spain and Portugal and will provide sales, service and support. This announcement demonstrates ACUITIV Software’s commitment to being at the forefront of the growth curve by establishing a global presence with leading distribution and technology partners in one of the highest growth markets for CFD solutions in Europe.

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New Software: Fluent Announces Coupling with Aspen Plus
Posted Mon December 01, 2003 @10:47AM
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News Fluent Inc., Aspen Technology, Inc., and Enductive Solutions, Inc. have announced the availability of a powerful standalone toolkit that interfaces FLUENT®, the world’s leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for detailed flow analysis of process equipment, and Aspen Plus®, the leading process modeling software for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and power industries. The integration of CFD and process simulation enables companies to better understand and optimize the fluid mechanics that drive overall process performance and efficiency.

CFD is a vital technology for simulation, visualization, and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a critical part of the computer-aided process engineering (CAPE) lifecycle for manufacturing companies around the world. Throughout the process industries, Fluent's CFD simulations are delivering major business benefits by enabling engineers to design for better equipment performance, more effective scale-up, improved safety, and higher productivity.

The development of the integrated software tools were funded in part by the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy to be used to simulate and visualize advanced plant concepts in support of the DOE's Vision 21 program. The National Energy Technology Laboratory sought a solution to integrate power-plant process simulation with detailed plant component software to meet DOE's goal of modeling the performance of these complex systems.

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Pointwise Announces Special Program for CFX Users
Posted Tue November 25, 2003 @12:06PM
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News Pointwise, Inc. today announced a special program for engineers using the popular CFX and CFX-TASCflow computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Between now and 31 January 2004, CFX users can add a Gridgen license to their existing CFX-Build preprocessor for 50 percent off Gridgen’s list price.

“Many CFX users like Gridgen’s flexibility in creating structured, unstructured, and hybrid grids all in one program,” said Dr. Richard Matus, V.P., Sales and Marketing at Pointwise. “And when they factor in being able to use Gridgen’s powerful scripting language to automate many tasks, Gridgen is a natural supplement for CFX users.”

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