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Did Immature CFD Technology Kill NASP?
Posted Tue May 17, 2005 @04:53PM
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Application In Why Technology Projects Fail, The Space Review lists the NASP program's reliance on immature CFD technology as a reason for its failure.
At the time the NASP was started, the state of the art in computational fluid dynamics was just not far enough along. Modeling the entire flight regime to orbit both aerodynamically and thermally with the fidelity needed would have strained the high-performance computing capacity available at the time.

Is this accurate? Would this be the case if the project were started today?

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New Software: CUBIT 10.0 Released
Posted Tue May 17, 2005 @09:42AM
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Grid Generation The CUBIT Team is pleased to announce Version 10.0 of the CUBIT Geometry and Mesh Generation Toolkit. CUBIT has been the focus of state-of-the-art geometry and mesh generation research and development at Sandia National Laboratories for over a decade. Sandia has long recognized the vital role geometry and meshing plays in computational engineering simulation. CUBIT represents a significant investment in improving tools needed to reduce the time to analysis. As such, the CUBIT team has made many significant strides with this new release.

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Dr. Richard Johns Joins CD-adapco
Posted Mon May 16, 2005 @03:43PM
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News CD-adapco, the world leader in automotive CFD solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Johns, a globally recognized expert in bringing advanced automotive engine CFD to industry for over 30 years at Ricardo, AVL, and Perkins Engines, has joined the company as Director, Automotive Sector. Dr. Johns will spearhead all CD-adapco activities aimed at further strengthening our global market leadership in automotive CFD, starting with his first formal appearance at CD-adapco’s STAR American 2005 Conference, May 17-18 in Detroit (Novi), Michigan.

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New Software: CD-adapco Releases Windows Version of STAR-CD v3.24
Posted Fri May 13, 2005 @03:18PM
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News CD-adapco are proud to announce the release of the Windows version of STAR-CD v3.24, the latest groundbreaking release of their world leading industrial CFD code, STAR-CD.

STAR-CD v3.24 is packed with new features aimed directly at the engine modeling world, including the 3 Zone Extended Coherent Flame Model (ECFM-3Z) combustion model. ECFM-3Z is the first truly general purpose combustion model, capable of simulating the combustion process within gasoline, diesel, and hybrid concept engines.

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New Software: Gridgen Version 15.07 Released
Posted Fri May 13, 2005 @09:56AM
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Grid Generation Pointwise, Inc. has released Gridgen Version 15.07. This latest release of CFD meshing software features major additions to Gridgen’s geometry modeling capabilities including trimmed surface creation and IGES export.

The ability to create trimmed surfaces and add or remove edges from trimmed surfaces solves a major problem faced by CFD analysts – how to work with the untrimmed or poorly trimmed geometry that is obtained from a CAD system. “Lost trimming information, due to tolerance issues during translation, is a notorious source of problems for the analyst in the CAD-CFD data exchange” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “With Gridgen V15.07, the trimmed surfaces can be recovered easily using these new techniques.” For the analyst creating entire models within Gridgen or supplementing existing models with new geometry, more complex and realistic models can now be created using trimmed surfaces.

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Education: Fluent Contributes to Fluid Dynamics Textbook
Posted Fri May 13, 2005 @09:48AM
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News Fluent Inc., world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, today announced its contribution to the latest version of the undergraduate engineering textbook by Bruce Munson, Donald Young, and Ted Okiishi; Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The book is intended for third and fourth-year engineering students who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. The principles they seek to teach are classical and have been well-established. The book therefore reflects many years of teaching experience by the authors and is built on previous Editions and their introductory courses in fluid mechanics.

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