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Events: North American Symposium on Design Integration
Posted Mon October 30, 2006 @08:25PM
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News NAFEMS, The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, has announced the Symposium on the Integration of Analysis in Product Design, to be held on November 13th 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

NAFEMS is an independent not-for-profit body with the sole aim of promoting the effective use of engineering simulation methods such as finite element analysis, multibody system dynamics and computational fluid dynamics.

Integrating analysis with the product design process is one of the most talked about topics in the analysis community today. Software vendors, industrial users, and engineering managers all realize the vital importance of timely integration of analysis in the design process, but the visions, opinions and priorities placed on this can vary from one company to the next.

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CFD Study Aims for Safer Ethanol Production
Posted Mon October 30, 2006 @08:21PM
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News Iowa State University has begun studying ways to replace or reduce the natural gas used in making ethanol by gasifying biomass plant material and turning it into useful energy and renewable products.

The main goal of this research is to find a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is put into the atmosphere and to find an alternative to natural gas, which would save possibly 20 percent on fuel costs in industrial locations.

With computational fluid dynamics, they can examine how possibly changing the gasifier in some way affects it, and see how it helps the overall product or makes it worse, said Francine Battaglia, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

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New Software: COMSOL Releases Multiphysics v3.3
Posted Wed October 25, 2006 @02:48PM
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News With its enhanced features, COMSOL Multiphysics 3.3 brings simulation and virtual prototyping to a far wider community of engineers. The release also greatly expands the number of possible application areas for the technology into virtually every field of science, research, and engineering. Key among these enabling features are ready-made couplings between common physics, an even more convenient user interface thanks to a Model Tree, interactive meshing, merging components to build models, the ability to handle CAD assemblies, support for the multiphysics analyis of surface contact, and gains towards fully automatic solver selection. Users can also expand on the package’s internal material database by enacting an online search of the Matweb database and directly importing material properties.

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Application: Reducing Gas Turbine Emissions
Posted Wed October 25, 2006 @02:43PM
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Application A Pollution Engineering article describes how engineers from Vogt Power Intl. improved the performance of emissions systems of a gas turbine power generating plant.
Using the CFD software as an evaluation tool, the engineers designed a two-zone distribution grid to improve flow distribution entering the CO modules, ammonia injection grid and SCR. Installed just upstream of the CO catalyst modules, the grid redistributed the flow using angled perforated plates that allowed the passage of varying amounts of exhaust gas in different regions of the plane, while limiting an increase in gas-side pressure drop that would decrease the gas turbine efficiency. The engineers used the software to adjust the design of each grid sector, and to evaluate its influence on each component downstream.

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Ford Wins CEI's ExtremeSim Award
Posted Mon October 23, 2006 @10:18AM
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News Ford Motor Co. has been selected by CEI as winner of its 2006 ExtremeSim award for outstanding use of advanced simulation technologies in the automotive industry. CEI is a leading supplier of engineering simulation solutions, including Harpoon meshing and EnSight visualization software.

“In its divisions throughout the world, Ford Motor Co. is using extreme meshing and visualization solutions to see and interact with product designs in new and exciting ways,” says Kent Misegades, CEI president. “CEI is proud to be a part of Ford’s innovative work.”

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Application: Video Game Uses Real-Time Fluid Dynamics
Posted Thu October 19, 2006 @09:17PM
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Application A classic video game has been refreshed using CFD to create Plasma Pong.

In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game.

A Gamasutra interview with game author Stephen Taylor reveals that Taylor was inspired by a research paper on real-time fluid dynamics.

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