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Events: SAE 2002 World Congress
Posted Thu January 24, 2002 @06:20PM
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Announcements The auto industry's big event, the SAE 2002 World Congress, is scheduled for March 4-7, 2002 at Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan USA.
The SAE World Congress is the largest OE service, parts and components exhibition in the world. More than 1,000 suppliers and manufacturers, (300+ from outside of North America), special features for OEM personnel, technical tours, executive panels and outstanding networking opportunities make the SAE 2002 World Congress a "can't miss" event for everyone in the automotive industry.
For more information, visit the congress website.

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STAR-CDís Expert Systems drive engine design
Posted Thu January 24, 2002 @10:28AM
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News The CD adapco Group, developer of the leading CFD software STAR-CD, has released the latest productivity tool in its range of Expert System programs. The new product, called "esIce", automates the sophisticated moving mesh technology required for engine simulation.

The esIce tool produces an automatically meshed parameterised template, which can be altered for specific engine configurations. The idea is to empower engineers as never before to achieve rapid, accurate CFD analysis of internal combustion engines of all types.

Steve MacDonald, chief executive of the CD adapco Group said: "CFD is entering a new phase. Our clients want technology built into tools that are customised to solve particular engineering problems. Our Expert System tool, esIce, is the fruit of hundreds of man-years experience of engine simulation. This breakthrough will enable engineers quickly to evaluate and optimise new internal combustion engine designs".

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This Week's CFD Haiku
Posted Tue January 22, 2002 @07:05PM
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CFD Haiku CFD is art! We celebrate the fact with this week's CFD haiku:
Biggest mesh ever
my machines in parallel
divide and conquer
Send in your CFD haiku for publication here each week. There is no reward other than perhaps personal enlightenment. So, silence the mind, yield to spontaneity and send in your CFD haiku today.

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Wildcat II 5000 Review
Posted Tue January 22, 2002 @06:57PM
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Hardware The Wildcat II 5110 from 3Dlabs is widely regarded as the best 3D OpenGL PC graphics card on the market today. Unfortunately, the card is only available as an expensive option when buying a machine from a few vendors. The Wildcat II 5000 does retail through standard channels however and it features a lot of the power of it's bigger brother at a reasonable price tag.

Cadalyst has a review of the Wildcat II 5000 in which they compare the performance of the two cards. From the results, it looks as if the Wildcat II 5000 is a good price/performance compromise.

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6th Overset Grids Symposium
Posted Mon January 21, 2002 @02:47PM
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Announcements The 6th Symposium on Overset Composite Grids & Solution Technology will be held October 8-10, 2002 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida USA.

Goals of the symposium include:

  • Communicate current work, new research ideas, and work in progress
  • Exchange ideas involving overset grid methodologies
  • Develop interactions between interested researchers
  • Provide an opportunity for interaction between researchers, developers, and users

For more information, visit the symposium website.

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40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Report
Posted Mon January 21, 2002 @02:42PM
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News The 40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference was held recently in Reno, Nevada. Here's a run-down of a few highlights.


Intelligent Light was demoing the latest version of their post-processor - FIELDVIEW 8. The latest version includes FVX which is a full-featured scripting language.

Numeca was demoing their new automatic hexahedral mesh generator - HEXpress. The software uses a volume-to-surface approach and does allow for viscous layer insertion.

PDC was demoing their grid generator GridPro.

Pointwise was demoing the beta release of their latest version of Gridgen. The new version (V14) features a scripting language called Glyph and native CAD interfaces.

Fluent was demoing FLUENT 6. The moving mesh feature was highlighted at the show.

CD adapco Group was demoing their STAR-CD software.

CEI was demoing their EnSight post-processor and new Harpoon grid generator.

Cobalt Solutions was demoing the new commerical-version of their Cobalt CFD software.

Aerosoft was demoing their GASP and GUST software.

Amtec was demoing the latest version of their post-processor - Tecplot 9.

AMI was demoing their CFD software.

AEA Technology was demoing their CFX-5 CFD software.

Metacomp Technologies was demoing their CFD++ CFD software.

Tetra Research was demoing their Tetrex CFD software.

Visual Solutions was demoing their ParaVista software.

CFDRC was demoing their CFD software.

ICEM CFD was demoing their Hexa and Tetra grid generation software.


CGNS - new features for user-defined data, reacting flow and linked files are in work.

NPARC - best practice use of the WIND code for a number of different physical conditions (subsonic, supersonic, reacting) was discussed

Pre/Post-Processing for Large Scale Simulations - most discussion focused on post-processing issues: efficient processing of large data sets, feature extraction, etc. Pre-processing focused on CAD interoperability.

Unstructured Grid Consortium - will soon publish an API for meshing modules so that capabilities of various software and organizations can be shared.

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