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AEA Technology Appoints New CEO for CFX
Posted Fri June 29, 2001 @08:07AM
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ANSYS CFX AEA Technology has announced the appointment of Chris Reid as President and CEO of the CFX division. His primary objective will be to build further on an already successful company, deliver significant growth and focus on business process improvement.
With 22 years of global experience in a variety of senior management positions, including sales, marketing and product development, Chris is highly qualified to take on the senior executive position. His appointment is an indication of CFX's long term commitment to its business, and to its customers worldwide.

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AEROSOFT Releases GASP V4
Posted Wed June 27, 2001 @08:14AM
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News AEROSOFT has released Version 4 of their GASP flow solver. New features include:
  • Totally Redesigned Interface
  • Support for Chimera/Overset Grids (with Hole-Cutting and Stencil Selection)
  • Dual Time-Stepping Time-Accurate Formulation
  • 6-DOF Models for Multiple Moving Body Simulation
  • MPI Parallel Formulation

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Preview of CFD-ACE+ Version 6.6
Posted Mon June 25, 2001 @04:17PM
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ESI Group CFDRC has published a preview of the upcoming release of CFD-ACE+ Version 6.6.

Highlights include:

CFD-ACE

  • Fuel Cell Capabilities
  • Improved Free Surface Flow Capability
  • Boltzman Solver for Plasma
  • Improved Spray Modeling

CFD-GEOM

  • Improved Prism Gridding
  • Journaling
  • Pyramid Generation Capabilities
  • Improved Scripting Capabilities

CFD-VIEW

  • Multiple Light Sources
  • Improved Animation Capability
Also added is an interesting Simulation Manager which integrates CFD-GEOM and CFD-ACE, allowing the user to more easily complete parametric studies.

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IBM Delivers World's 2nd Fastest Computer
Posted Fri June 22, 2001 @10:11AM
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Hardware IBM has delivered the world's second fastest computer (and the world's fastest unclassified computer) to the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The machine, second only to IBM's own ASCI White computer, will be used for modeling internal combustion engines, global climate change, and developing new materials.

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Application: CFD Analysis of a Commercial Plasma Reactor
Posted Fri June 22, 2001 @09:29AM
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Application CFD Canda and CFDRC, in conjunction with KyungWon Tech of Korea, have simulated [pdf file] two commercial high-density plasma reactors of the type used in integrated circuit wafer production. The study concentrated on flow and temperature distribution in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process.
In recent years considerable amount of research was devoted to plasma and electromagnetic modeling of process chambers, however thermal aspects were often omitted by assuming constant chamber temperatures. Variation in temperature distribution leads to variation in precursor and intermediate concentrations, which in turn changes surface adsorbtion and surface reaction rates.

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Airpak 2.0 Released
Posted Mon June 18, 2001 @10:06AM
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ANSYS FLUENT Fluent has released a major new version of their airflow modeling software Airpak.

Designed for HVAC, Health & Safety, and Environmental engineers, the latest version of Airpak has several enhancements including better CAD integration, a macro function for building simple models of diffusors, a detailed solar loading model, an animation capability, and several speed enhancements.

"The demand for airflow modeling to be done upfront in the design process for ventilation systems is heating up," says Airpak Product Manager Walter Schwarz, "and more and more firms are selecting Airpak as their tool of choice. The features that we've added with this new release are our response to the continuous market demands for faster model building, faster solutions, and easier ways to produce effective pictures, plots and animations from simulation results."

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