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New Software: Fluent Delivers Indoor Environmental Airflow Modeling
Posted Wed September 04, 2002 @03:36PM
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News Fluent Inc. announces the availability of Airpak/RSF - a new service that significantly reduces the entry cost for using engineering simulation software in the design of buildings and other facilities. This new subscription-based service delivers Airpak airflow modeling software through a secure internet portal. The user pays for simulation time, rather than having to purchase additional hardware and software. This pay-as-you-go option lets building designers get started with powerful airflow modeling tools for less than $6,000 allowing costs to be scaled to project needs. Airpak helps building designers to better understand and visualize the performance of various ventilation systems. It quickly and accurately simulates room airflow patterns, temperature distribution, contaminant distribution, ventilation effectiveness, and thermal comfort so designers can optimize their ventilation systems design and minimize risk exposure well before construction begins.

"I saw the value of airflow modeling years ago, but couldn't manage the upfront costs of the better simulation packages. The Airpak/RSF lets me have the best of both worlds. Now, I can scale my airflow modeling usage and costs to fit my project workload, and get all the computing horsepower I need from any location, at any time. My clients appreciate being able to visualize how the design will perform, and I value the competitive advantage it gives me in the proposal process," says Paul Martin of Sigma Psi Consulting.

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Final Call for CFX Questions
Posted Wed September 04, 2002 @01:09PM
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News We have some excellent questions lined up for Dr. Michael Raw, VP of Product Development for CFX Engineering Software, however, it's not too late to get your question in.

We will send off the best questions to Dr. Raw this Friday, so get your question in now.

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An Argument for Open Source CFD
Posted Tue September 03, 2002 @04:42PM
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Open Source Stéphane Zaleski has made an argument for the open sourcing of CFD programs developed in academic institutions.

The Open Source software development model has gained popularity on its merits of being more robust and agile. The Open Source movement has grown out of the "hacker" culture -- one which believes that information should be freely available to all. This contrasts strongly with academic culture in which information is shared with the initiated.

Mr. Zaleski notes that there are rather potent reasons for which academics and their institutions refrain from openly distributing of the code.

  • The maintenance and documentation efforts.
  • The issue of commercialisation.
  • The risks and rewards for the authors' reputations
He examines each in turn.

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Application: Passenger Thermal Comfort Model Helps Optimize HVAC Systems
Posted Fri August 30, 2002 @11:38AM
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Application Lin-Jie Huang
Senior Staff Research Scientist
Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems
Lockport, New York

By developing a novel vehicle thermal comfort model, Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems has been able to evaluate the performance of many more heating / ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC) system designs than was ever possible in the past. By using this model a more thorough investigation of the design parameters space brings the final design closer to optimum. Traditionally, HVAC design alternatives have been evaluated by testing prototypes in wind tunnels, a very time-consuming and expensive process. Though automotive OEMs and suppliers have developed many cabin climate prediction models over the last several years, Delphi’s new virtual thermal comfort engineering model goes considerably farther than it’s predecessors by integrating a 16-zone human physiology model that predicts human comfort by calculating skin temperatures. The model uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to predict local thermal comfort as a function of air temperature, surrounding surface temperatures, air velocity, humidity, direct solar flux, as well as the level of activity and clothing type of each individual. This technology is currently being used to design and optimize HVAC systems and in the future its use is to be extended for the development of control algorithms and the calibration of electronic controls.

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Fluent UGM A Success
Posted Thu August 29, 2002 @10:27AM
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News Seemingly immune from the doom and gloom pervading much of the high tech industry, the FLUENT Users’ Group Meeting (UGM) in June featured record attendance. About 280 people attended the three-day event in Manchester, NH, up 10% from last year.

The event was sponsored by some of the leading hardware vendors in the business. Hewlett-Packard was the gold sponsor, Silicon Graphics the silver sponsor, and Sun, IBM, and Compaq (now Hewlett Packard) served as bronze sponsors.

The CFD Pavilion, a highlight of the meeting, featured 22 partner booths, information on Fluent products and services, and posters by Fluent staff illustrating the latest in CFD technology.

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Features: A Visit Inside CFX Engineering Software
Posted Mon August 26, 2002 @04:32PM
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CFD Review by Nick Wyman

On August 1st I visited CFX Engineering Software in Waterloo, Ontario Canada and was given previews of several upcoming software packages from this tier-1 CFD vendor.

The Waterloo office is home to CFX's software development teams for CFX-TASCflow, CFX-TurboGrid, CFX-Post and the largest portion of the CFX-5 team, in addition to a portion of the sales and support group for North America. There are approximately 60 employees in the office, half of whom are involved in software development.

My visit was hosted by Dr. Jeff Van Doormaal, product development manager for CFX-TurboGrid, CFX's grid generation software tool for turbomachinery applications.

Note: For your chance to ask CFX Engineering Software about CFD development, add your question to this discussion.

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