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CFD Speeds Up New Race Car Design
Posted Wed May 11, 2005 @04:53PM
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News Racing Fan Magazine has posted a story on the use of CFD in the design of a new Dodge car to compete for the NASCAR Winston Cup.
CFD has accelerated the whole design process. According to Jean-Michel Esclafer de La Rode, Dodge's chief CFD manager, "Drafting studies [that once] took a couple of weeks to simulate, we can do in a few days today."

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CFD Aids Design of new UAV
Posted Wed May 11, 2005 @04:45PM
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Application CAD Server has posted an article on the design of a new low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The article mentions that the craft was designed extensively using CFD.
In the words of Daniele Camatti, CEO of ProS3 and designer of the Pro Observer: "CFD analyses performed with STAR-CCM+ were critical in determining if the initial airframe designs were good enough to ensure the required flight performance. With STAR-CCM+ we were able to estimate with great precision the position of the aircraft's aerodynamic center, to such an extent that, from the first test flight onwards, we have completely avoided crashes."

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Events: STAR American Conferences 2005
Posted Wed May 11, 2005 @10:25AM
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News CD-adapco’s STAR American Conference 2005 will take place at the Sheraton Detroit Novi in Michigan on May 17-18 and at the La Jolla Marriott in California May 19. With the further development of our fast polyhedral mesh-based STAR-CCM+ solver technology and our CAD-embedded solutions, we have a lot to share.

Recognizing that CD-adapco is emerging as a full-spectrum CFD and full solution CAE provider, we are receiving support from across the CAE industry and several of our current community of users are on the agenda to share their success stories.

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Upfront CFD: How to Grow Its Adoption
Posted Mon May 09, 2005 @09:39PM
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News Desktop Engineering is running an article where they asked several cfd vendors how to increase adoption of "upfront" CFD, that is, use of CFD during the design phase of product development.
Overall, the participants agreed that greater awareness of the potential benefits and the tools available would be important to the next growth spurt. They also agreed that more intelligence built into the software would help drive this market—and that the availability of faster low-cost computer platforms and inexpensive memory were already helping to grow the market.

One vendor was quoted as saying “The upfront tool is meant for initial analyses, using the native CAD model. It does automatic meshing, and this avoids the biggest area of possible error”.

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New Heights in Graphics
Posted Fri May 06, 2005 @05:31PM
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Hardware This Desktop Engineering article covers the latest professional graphics cards for your PC.
PCI Express, faster RAM, and programmable graphics architectures are pushing the new generation of graphics boards to new heights. As programs catch up and begin to tap into the new bandwidth and processing power, users are in for a serious jump in performance and capability-including some applications you probably haven't considered.

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Sun, HP, IBM and Cray Announce Support for Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Posted Fri May 06, 2005 @04:40PM
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Hardware In support of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, the industry’s first enterprise-class x86 dual-core processor for servers and workstations, AMD has announced its key OEM and system builder customers will introduce a broad portfolio of server and workstation dual-core solutions.

AMD’s key OEM customers, including Sun, HP and IBM, announced today their intention to launch ground-breaking, dual-core processor-based platforms based on the non-disruptive AMD64 dual-core technology, the world’s leading x86, 64-bit computing environment. Additional partners also announced dual-core systems.

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