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Events: Engine Cooling System Simulation Workshop
Posted Fri May 07, 2004 @04:20PM
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News Flowmaster & Fluent announce a free half day workshop focussing on the simulation of engine cooling systems.

This half day workshop is aimed at engineers and engineering managers responsible for system level and component level design decisions.

The workshop will take place on the 18th of May in Detroit. A keynote presentation will be given by Ken Singh, Aero & Fluid dynamics manager, DaimlerChrysler, on the need to co-simulate between 1D & 3D CFD for engine cooling system design.

Following the keynote presentation will be technical sessions on Flowmaster and Fluent capabilities for engine cooling system design and a demonstration of a co-simulation case study of an engine water jacket.

Places are limited so to reserve a place contact Sudhi Uppuluri on 001 734 779 1898 or email

Please note: the workshop date was incorrectly listed as May 14th originally and has been changed. - Editor

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Events: NAFEMS Announces North American Chapter Meetings
Posted Fri May 07, 2004 @04:16PM
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News NAFEMS, The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, is currently working on expanding its North American Chapter. With some 700 member companies worldwide, the organization is the only truly independent authority on the use of computer modelling and simulation methods, and is widely respected throughout the analysis world.

To this end, the NAFEMS North American Chapter will be holding meetings in a number of locations over the coming period. Many senior individuals from major corporations and vendors, as well as analysis specialists have already asked to be involved, and will be attending these meetings. We extend an open invitation to all interested parties to attend.

The first of these meetings will take place in the Marriott Suites, Anaheim, California on Wednesday 19th May 2004.

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NVIDIA Introduces New Professional Graphics Card
Posted Fri May 07, 2004 @04:08PM
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Hardware techman wrote in with this news:

NVIDIA Corporation has introduced the NVIDIA Quadro® FX 4000, a professional graphics solution that shatters all performance and image quality records, and reaches new heights in programmability and precision. Armed with a radically new graphics architecture driving twice the geometry and fill rates and up to five times the pixel read-back performance of the former industry leader, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 features unlimited programmability and true 128-bit floating point precision – giving developers using it the power to create visual content that others with competitive boards can only imagine.

“Designers need their work to be as realistic as possible as early in the design stage as possible,” said Jean-Luc Cuinier, R&D manager at Dassault Systèmes. “CATIA® V5 accelerated by NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics allows designers to create and interact with complex 3D models with ultra-realistic material aspects in real time. New NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 capabilities like extended programmability, infinite program lengths, and 32-bit shader precision promise to further increase CATIA user productivity and design quality.”

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New Software: CD adapco Group Releases STAR-CCM+
Posted Thu May 06, 2004 @08:55AM
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News The CD adapco Group, leading provider of CAE solutions, has recently released STAR CCM+, a next generation CFD (computational fluid dynamics) code for flow analysis.

Terms such as ‘next generation’, although often overused, can be applied with complete confidence to STAR CCM+. Unlike the many legacy CFD codes currently on the market, it has been developed by a group of experts who were determined to start with a blank sheet of paper and ‘do the job properly’.

The result is a code that offers outstanding ease-of-use delivered through an object-based tree-structured GUI, which guides even the most novice user through the set-up and analysis of a CFD problem. Utilizing the latest numerical algorithms including an advanced pre-conditioned coupled and segregated solver and state-of-the-art software coding, the new product brings unheard levels of accuracy, reliability and flexibility to the CFD engineer.

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Application: CFD Simulation Accelerates Development of New Fire Suppression Technology
Posted Tue May 04, 2004 @10:43AM
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Application By K. C. Adiga President
NanoMist Systems
Warner Robins, Georgia

Computer simulation has greatly shortened the path towards the development of ultra fine water mist fire suppression technology for NanoMist Systems, LLC. NanoMist is the trade name for the proprietary process technology of producing, scaling, transporting, and delivering the ultra-fine fine water mist system.

The fire suppression chemical Halon 1301 was banned after it was identified as an ozone-depleting substance and the search for newer and safer fire suppression agents was renewed. Amongst several other clean agents, the non-ozone depleting chemical HFC-227ea is the most popular agent in use today. It has some limitations, however, because of toxic by-products which may often reach harmful levels. It also has a global warming potential. From both an environmental and toxicity point of view, ultra fine water mist is an ideal compound. It may be potential permanent solution for fire suppression technology.

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New Software: Pointwise Releases New Version of Gridgen
Posted Tue May 04, 2004 @10:39AM
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Grid Generation Pointwise has released Gridgen Version 15.02, a recent update of their CFD meshing software. Two new capabilities in the software add to Gridgen’s ability to read native format CAD files and handle sloppy geometry models. Specifically, a Native CAD Reader for Unigraphics and a visual tool for identifying gaps and overlaps were added.

Available since early 2002, Gridgen’s Native CAD Readers provide the ability to read geometry from a CAD system’s native files. Native access avoids translation errors that can occur when using open standard file formats. Because native access is integrated into Gridgen, there’s no plug-in that an engineer has to execute from within the CAD system. In fact, use of the CAD system and its license are completely unnecessary – Gridgen reads the file directly. Native CAD Readers are available for CATIA® V4, Pro/ENGINEER®, STEP, and now Unigraphics®. Based on an early trial of this technology, engineers at Lockheed Martin in Dallas, Texas, plan to incorporate Gridgen's Pro/ENGINEER Native CAD Reader into their CFD meshing processes.

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