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Business: Flow Science Announces Creation of Engineering Services Division
Posted Wed July 06, 2005 @02:56PM
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News Flow Science, Inc. has announced the creation of a new Engineering Services Division and the appointment of Boris Lukezic as Director of the new division. The Engineering Services Division will initially provide services to the metal casting industry, which can benefit greatly from the combination of Flow Science’s FLOW-3D® simulation software and the extensive industry experience of Mr. Lukezic.

Mr. Lukezic has over thirteen years of experience in the die casting industry with Burlington Technologies (3˝ years) and Amcan Castings (9˝ years), where he was Product Engineering Manager responsible for all aspects of Amcan’s full-service engineering department.

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Education: Russian Profs Pick Coolit for Coursework
Posted Wed July 06, 2005 @02:53PM
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News A group of distinguished professors at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University selected Coolit, from among existing commercially available packages, to be the basis of a new course on computer-modeling tools for students of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and heat transfer. Coolit was chosen because of its winning combination of accuracy, ease-of-use, and power.

The course development, funded by the Education Ministry of the Russian Federation, resulted in a six month evaluation of available software which left the Russians impressed with Coolit’s unique capabilities and remarkably intuitive user interface which allows students to concentrate on problem solving, not learning software.

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Application: Comparison of Systems CFD Code with Experiment on a Power Plant Model
Posted Wed July 06, 2005 @02:44PM
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Application The Pebble Bed Micro Model (PBMM) is a closed three-shaft recuperative gas turbine power plant that was developed at North-West University in South-Africa to demonstrate the power conversion concept of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). The PBMR is a new type of high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear power plant that is currently being developed in South-Africa.

The project involved the comparison of the results of the Systems CFD Code Flownex with the measured pressure increase over the start-up blower during the start-up of the Pebble Bed Micro Model. The complete system was designed with the aid of Flownex and construction was completed in 9 months.

The agreement between Flownex inline valve pressure increase and the measured results is excellent. The project not only demonstrated the PBMR’s power conversion concept but also demonstrated the accuracy of Flownex.

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ANSYS Selected as Official CFD Supplier to Team New Zealand
Posted Mon July 04, 2005 @04:09PM
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News ANSYS, Inc., a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced a 3 ˝ year official supplier contract with Emirates Team New Zealand, the sailing team leveraging ANSYS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technologies as a key component of its strategy to win back the America’s Cup in 2007.

“In the America’s Cup, computer simulation has taken a leading role in the design process. The CFD solution from ANSYS has taken the yacht designers several steps beyond what we were able to achieve in the past by allowing us to visualize flow velocity and pressure magnitudes, making it possible to improve the design at a much faster rate,” said Nick Holroyd, designer and CFD engineer for Team New Zealand.

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Intel Inside Two-Thirds of the World's Fastest Computers
Posted Wed June 22, 2005 @05:14PM
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Hardware From increasing the accuracy of global weather forecasts to helping to improve the safety of manned space flight, the majority of scientists and engineers depend on Intel-based super computers more than any other computing system, according to the latest TOP500 list.

Issued today, the 25th Edition of the TOP500 list of super computers shows that 333 of the world's top 500 systems on the list have Intel processors inside. Five years ago only four systems on the list were Intel-based. Since that time, the number of Intel-based systems has increased steadily, to achieve the distinction as the most prevalent super computer architecture on the TOP500.

In fact, according to the just-released ranking, three Intel-based platforms ranked first, second and third in terms of the most popular super computing platform: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors and Intel Xeon processors with 64-bit extensions power 254 systems, more than any other single processor, followed by Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors, which power 79 systems.

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Application: Trek is Using CFdesign to Accelerate Product Innovation... and Lance Armstrong
Posted Wed June 22, 2005 @03:04PM
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Application More information has come in regarding the previous story on CFD being used to design Lance Armstrong's Tour de France bicycle, including a nice image of flow over the front wheel and fork:

Blue Ridge Numerics is honored to announce the Trek Bicycle Corporation is using CFdesign®, the engineering world's preeminent upfront CFD solution, as an integrated component of the company's legendary product development process.

"We are pushing the boundaries of bicycle engineering and in order to sustain our speed of product innovation, we need to see and understand every aspect of product performance as early as possible during the design process," explains Michael Sagan, a Senior Trek Designer. "CFdesign gives us the necessary and comprehensive simulation platform we need to achieve our aggressive goals."

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