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Application: CFD Used in Festival of Speed Downhill Challenge
Posted Tue July 22, 2003 @07:07AM
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Application The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s biggest and most diverse classic motorsports event. At the event each year, young graduate engineers compete in a downhill soapbox derby challenge. This year, Ford graduate engineers are set to put in one of the most daring runs ever seen by spectators at the event with a high-tech, carbon-fibre "soapbox".

This is the second year that the Ford flag has been flown in the race by its graduate recruits, so this year's team of 15 engineers has both recently qualified graduates and five of last year's team members to act as supervisors and pass on their experience.

This year's vehicle uses advanced materials like carbon fibre and a composite bonded frame, so there is virtually no metal in the body at all. The body shape has been developed using computational fluid dynamics and it is no surprise that the final shape is reminiscent of smaller historical race cars.

The team is based at Ford's technical centre in Dunton, Essex. The team members, all volunteers working out of hours, gain valuable experience and access to a wide range of facilities and resources as they learn about the site's activities and broaden their own engineering and design skills.

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New Software: ALGOR Releases Fluid Flow Software
Posted Mon July 21, 2003 @12:39PM
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News ALGOR, long known for their FEA analysis software has released a new version of their CFD software. The latest offering features full CAD/CAE associativity and the ability to model flow through porous media.

“The new CAD/CAE associativity and flow through porous media capabilities for fluid flow analysis improve the ease with which fluid scenarios can be modeled and expand the range of scenarios that designers and engineers can consider,” said ALGOR product manager, Bob Williams. “These improvements demonstrate our commitment to expanding the fluid flow modeling and analysis options within the ALGOR family of products.”

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Business: Flow Science Announces New Associate
Posted Mon July 21, 2003 @12:33PM
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News Flow Science, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement with Material Design Solutions, LLC for Material Design Solutions to become a Consulting Associate providing consulting services using Flow Science’s FLOW-3D® computational fluid dynamics software. Material Design Solutions’ primary areas of expertise are airflow, injection molding and metal casting.

Flow Science, Inc. is a privately held software company specializing in high fidelity fluid dynamics modeling software for industrial and scientific applications worldwide. In addition to this new regional United States marketing effort, Flow Science has a worldwide network of Associates for FLOW-3D®, including Japan, Germany, Korea, Finland, Norway, Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Canada and Southeast Asia. Flow Science is located in Santa Fe, NM.

Material Design Solutions is a privately held company based in Oak Hills, California.

For information, contact Ms. Rena Coby-Madrid at (505) 982-0088 or or Mr. Dale Conner at (760) 956-6900 or

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New Software: Major Upgrade to GAMBIT Pre-Processor Released
Posted Tue July 15, 2003 @09:18AM
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News Fluent Inc., the world leader in CFD, announces the release of GAMBIT 2.1, a major upgrade to Fluent’s geometry and mesh generation software. This version provides several new key functionality advantages to CFD users:
  • Improved Geometry Cleanup Tools
  • Automated Meshing with HexCore Technology
  • Improved CAD Integration

GAMBIT 2.1 has a semi-automatic cleanup tool for repairing and preparing a CFD geometry for high quality meshing. Holes, overlapping faces, small features, sharp corners, etc. are quickly identified and various tools are directly accessible in the code to resolve this range of problems.

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New Software: Leading Edge Visualization Software ACUITIV v3.3 Released
Posted Mon July 14, 2003 @09:22AM
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Post Processing ACUITIV(TM) Software, the leading provider of next-generation Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization software, today announced the availability of ACUITIV v3.3. As the only industry offering with a new, cutting-edge architecture that utilizes the state-of-the-art VR Juggler(TM) and OpenGL(TM) libraries, ACUITIV v3.3 provides unmatched decimation, intuitive navigation, seamless integration with immersive environments, full 3D graphical capabilities, and CGNS reading. With today's announcement, ACUITIV introduces the first true 21st Century CFD visualization software solution for numerous industries, including automotive, aerospace & defense, chemical processing, and energy.

With deep standards expertise, ACUITIV has a laser focus in providing the only enterprise-class CFD visualization software solution. ACUITIV provides customers with the immediate ability to uncover new opportunities, improve designs, accelerate decisions, and shorten time to market that maximizes the full potential of CFD.

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Application: Submarine Periscope Plume Modeling
Posted Fri July 11, 2003 @11:25AM
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Application By Paul Steer
Hydrodynamics Technology, QinetiQ, UK

A submarine is the ultimate "stealth ship". Its greatest asset is the element of surprise - the ability to remain hidden under the sea. But the security blanket of millions of tons of ocean works both ways, because it also restricts the ability of the submarine's crew to see out. Hence the need for a periscope, or "visual system mast", to see above the water while remaining submerged. In fact, modern submarines have a suite of masts that raise a variety of devices above the water surface.

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