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Dell Precision M50 Mobile Workstation
Posted Fri May 24, 2002 @06:11PM
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Hardware There are reviews here at CADinfo and here at CADALYST of the new Dell notebook PC designed for engineering professionals.

The Dell Precision M50 boasts some very nice specs:

  • 1.8GHz Mobile Pentium 4 processor
  • Up to 1 GB of DDR RAM
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4 GoGL graphics
  • 15" TFT 1600x1200 display
  • on-board 10/100 ethernet
  • on-board 56k modem
  • IEEE 1394 Port (firewire)

The platform is certified for most CAE workstation applications (eg. I-DEAS, Pro/E, Fluent, CATIA, ANSYS).

Finally, a portable PC with the power necessary to perform serious design analysis.

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Features: Optimization of Marine Components Using CFD
Posted Fri May 24, 2002 @03:00PM
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Application The French engineering company Sirehna has been developing and promoting optimal design approaches, especially involving CFD, for a long time. Their current policy is to combine the advantages of the most efficient flow pre- and post-processoring tools (Gridgen and Fieldview) together with Frontier, an advanced tool for design space investigation and optimization, to form an automatic system for design optimization.

The FLUENT flow solver is used in the two following applications, however, the optimization process is independent from the choice of flow solver. Other applications have been developed using ICARE, a dedicated solver for free surface flows in viscous fluid around a ship hull.

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New Software: MeshPilot 1.0
Posted Wed May 22, 2002 @01:24PM
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Grid Generation Shore CFD are pleased to announce the release of MeshPilot 1.0, a PC-based structured mesh generation tool. Download your copy free of charge from our website

About MeshPilot:
With MeshPilot, you can:

  • Visualise any two-dimensional block-structured (multiblock) mesh.
  • Generate two-dimensional structured meshes for airfoils. You can do this fully automatically, or with as much direct control over mesh parameters (dimensions, spacing, geometry) as you need.
  • Rapidly modify your existing airfoil meshes.
About Shore CFD:
Shore CFD produce mesh generation software, specializing in tailored, automated solutions for specific topologies.

For more information on MeshPilot and Shore CFD, visit , or contact us directly at .

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SGI Improves NASA Designs
Posted Tue May 21, 2002 @05:18PM
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Hardware The goal at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility is to provide sufficient computing power to enable scientists and engineers to test their designs in a “virtual wind tunnel.” Traditional wind tunnel testing is time consuming and expensive — requiring the construction or alteration of physical models for each test — and even the most powerful wind tunnel cannot simulate the conditions of the launch and reentry of space vehicles.

Until the arrival of the 1,024-processor SGI Origin 3800 system, the computing power needed to make the virtual wind tunnel a reality was unavailable. Complete modeling of one aircraft configuration during landing required up to a year on a Cray C-90, imposing serious limits on the use of simulation. The Origin 3800 system can run the same configuration in a matter of hours, so, for the first time, scientists can routinely use simulation to validate their designs under varying conditions. “The Origin architecture has created a revolution in computational fluid dynamic at NASA and will fundamentally change the way aircraft are designed in the future,” said Jim Taft, co-director, Terascale applications group.

The ability to do advanced simulation has already proved its value in NASA’s mision to design a new reusable launch vehicle to replace the space shuttle. During simulation of the X-37 drone, designed to be dropped from the space shuttle to test reentry, a serious flaw was discovered that would have led to catastrophic failure. Millions of dollars and months of time were saved because of the advanced capabilities enabled by the Origin 3800 architecture.

The full article is available in PDF form.

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Business: Blue Ridge Numerics Adds UK Partner
Posted Tue May 21, 2002 @05:00PM
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News Elite Consulting, an engineering consultancy and value-added reseller for PTC’s MCAD products, Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/MECHANICA, has joined the Blue Ridge Numerics Ltd. Strategic Partner Program. This means that CFdesign, the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) package for the engineer and designer, is now part of the portfolio of software available via Elite Consulting.

CFdesign reliably simulates a broad range of fluid flow and heat transfer scenarios. Highly automated functionality and built-in intelligence guide the user, making CFdesign an ideal desktop tool for beginners and advanced users.

With offices in Northampton, Linlithgow and Leeds, Elite Consulting Limited is an independent consultancy providing problem solving, project management, engineering analysis, design and support services to industry. Elite Consulting is a PTC Certified Engineering Provider for Pro/MECHANICA, a reseller for PTC’s MCAD products and a Strategic Partner for CFdesign.

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Research: Engineers Discover Secrets of Soccer Free Kicks
Posted Mon May 20, 2002 @01:39PM
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Application Three collaborating groups of researchers have used wind tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and other computer simulation techniques to unravel some of the underlying mysteries behind "bending" a soccer ball during kicking, which will be a feature of the upcoming Soccer World Cup in Japan and Korea this year. This technically very difficult "art" of scoring goals from the dead ball "free kick" situation has been perfected by such world class soccer players as Brazil's Roberto Carlos, Germany's Michael Ballack, and England's David Beckham. Inspired to uncover the science behind the "free kick" and the soccer ball's dynamic flight, engineers from the University of Sheffield's Sports Engineering Research Group, Yamagata University's Sports Science Laboratory, and Fluent Benelux have carried out a fundamental scientific and engineering analysis of this exciting part of the "beautiful game."

Sports Engineering is a new discipline that applies standard engineering principles and techniques to the research, design and development of external devices used by athletes and sports people to enhance their performance.

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