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New Software: New Tool for CFD Design Optimization
Posted Wed April 21, 2004 @11:19AM
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News Daat Research Corp. announces a powerful new tool, OptimizeIt, that transforms design optimization into a faster, more effective and efficient process. An integral part of the newly released Coolit v5.55 thermal and flow simulation software, OptimizeIt can be used for assessing a system’s sensitivity to design variations and for optimizing the system’s design.

Design optimization process is a key task for thermal designers, and OptimizeIt completely automates it. Typically, design optimization involves setting up and solving multiple cases and then comparing results to find the best performing design. With Coolit v5.55, the user now simply defines what design parameters can be varied and the objective of the design. Once the problem is defined, Coolit takes over automatically setting up and solving the cases, and reporting the computed results identifying the best design.

OptimizeIt is just one of many enhancements in Coolit v5.55. Others include the ability to enter component positions and other quantities as an arithmetic function rather than a number, significantly improved model viewing and manipulation options. There are also solver algorithm advancements that improve convergence speed for certain classes of problems by an order of magnitude. Coolit v5.55 is available for delivery now.

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Events: Call for Papers - AIAA Aerospace Sciences
Posted Wed April 21, 2004 @10:17AM
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Announcements The 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit will be held 10-13 January 2005 in Reno, Nevada. The AIAA's Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments technical committee, formerly known as the Interactive Computer Graphics TC, invites papers describing those tools and techniques that enable successful application of computational simulations such as CFD, CAA, and CEM for real problems. Specifically, papers that describe advavnced techniques and extreme applications are invited in the following areas:
  • Computational geometry, including CAD-CAE interoperability
  • Meshing, including surface and volume grids, grid adaption, and moving meshes
  • Postprocessing, including multi-dimensional and transient visualization, feature detection, knowledge capture, and engineering animation
  • Collaborative environments, including user interfaces, internet technology, virtual reality, and linkages to design optimization and advanced engineering environments

Authors are also encouraged to submit their manuscripts, either before or after the meeting, to the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication for publication.

Abstracts are due by 07 May 2004 at Questions should be directed to John Dannenhoffer,

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New Software: ACUITIV™ Software Introduces Interactive CFD Visualization Solution
Posted Wed April 21, 2004 @10:10AM
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Post Processing ACUITIV™ Software, a leading provider of next-generation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization software, today announced the availability of ACUITIV v4.0. With the significant enhancements contained in this new release, ACUITIV Software now delivers a fully interactive, enterprise-class CFD visualization solution for industries worldwide, including automotive, aerospace & defense, power, and chemical processing.

Built on ACUITIV’s cutting-edge architecture which is based on VR Juggler™ and OpenGL™, ACUITIV v4.0 provides customers with a new suite of interactive tools for transient model visualization, multi-PC visualization sessions, and steady-state model support. ACUITIV v4.0 opens new avenues for engineers, designers, and marketers to assist in their efforts to dramatically reduce time and cost of analysis, as a single solution can now be used enterprise-wide to analyze, communicate and collaborate on a design.

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New Software: AMD Launches AMD Core Math Library 2.0
Posted Tue April 20, 2004 @08:36AM
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News techman wrote in with this AMD 64bit computing news:

AMD has announced the availability of AMD Core Math Library (ACML) version 2.0, an advanced tool that allows software developers to further exploit the large memory space and ground-breaking performance enhancements offered by the AMD64 architecture.

ACML 2.0 provides an expanded feature set, optimization of existing features and improved performance. Developers using ACML 2.0 can achieve greater code accuracy and speed of delivery while maximizing performance and functionality of x86-based applications running on 32-bit Windows® and 32- and 64-bit Linux operating systems. ACML 2.0 also helps build the foundation for the Windows software developer in preparation for 64-bit capable Windows availability.

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Events: Business Benefits of Engineering Simulation Seminar
Posted Tue April 20, 2004 @08:17AM
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Announcements NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, are holding their latest seminar in Warrington, UK, on April 22nd 2004, focusing on the Business Benefits of Engineering Simulation.

Simulation, typically by finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD), is well established in many engineering companies for product and process development. Tasks such as optimising products and manufacturing processes by simulation are now well proven.

Nevertheless, there remains a large number of companies who are either not getting the best return from their investment in simulation technology, or are still considering investing in the technology.

The seminar will include presentations on:

  • How you can increase market share
  • An overview of managing the design process
  • Guidance on the availability of grants and other funding options
  • A review of the history of finite element analysis
  • A number of case studies
You will receive answers to questions such as:
  • How will simulation change my product design process?
  • How can I assess if my product or process will be suitable for simulation?
  • How will I train my staff?
  • How much will I need to invest?
  • Can I receive funding for the investment from grants or other sources?
  • What difference will the technology make to my business?
  • How will I assess the return on my investment?

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New Software: Simply 'Add-In' CFD to CATIA V5
Posted Wed April 14, 2004 @09:42AM
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News The CD adapco Group has announced that it has become a Spatial CAA V5 Adopter and will create two new CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) 'add-ins', STAR-CAT5 and Comet-CAT5, designed to bring the benefit of advanced CFD technology to users of CATIA V5.

Michael Dickens, CD adapco Group's Director of Business Development explains: "We have developed tightly integrated CFD 'ad-ins' that facilitate parametric design studies through enhanced automation and bi-directional associativity between CAD and CFD models. We are particularly interested in delivering this technology to CATIA V5 users since market research has placed this environment as the preferred choice among our clients as their CAD system for the future."

Keith Mountain, Vice President of Marketing, for Spatial adds, “We are pleased to have CD adapco Group as a CAA V5 Adopter. Their experience in the CFD arena is a welcome addition to the increasing number of solutions available to the CATIA V5 user community.”

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