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Business: OptimaNumerics Partners With New Markets Management Consulting
Posted Wed January 23, 2008 @09:56AM
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News OptimaNumerics Ltd., the leading provider of high performance numerical software, today announces a sales and partnership agreement with Joachim Papenhagen, Managing Director of New Markets Management Consulting GmbH.

Joachim Papenhagen has a long successful track record of business and sales development for software companies entering the enterprise market. Before starting his management consulting firm, Joachim Papenhagen held senior sales positions in companies like Siemens, AT&T and Oracle. He will focus on cross section of High Performance Computing and Enterprise IT.

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Introducing Undergrads to CFD
Posted Wed January 23, 2008 @09:54AM
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News Mechanical engineering students have a lot to learn and only a few short years to do it. First, they'll need to be versed in engineering concepts and the mathematics behind them. Then, they'll have to learn a slew of mathematical formulas and to become proficient in computer-aided design software.

With this pressing schedule, it's easy to see why engineering schools are scrambling to define the role that analysis software should play in their undergraduate programs. The software is relatively new to nonspecialists, and many mechanical engineers now use analysis software on the job.

Read the ME Magazine feature article In-school analysis for more.

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Application: CFD Leads to AHR 2008 Innovation Award Winning Control Valve
Posted Wed January 23, 2008 @09:48AM
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Application The AccuValve™ by Accutrol, LLC is an electrically operated airflow control valve for critical environments such as laboratories and clean rooms. The valve, created for sustainable “green” design, offers very low pressure drop for energy reduction and savings along with safety by utilizing true airflow measurement.

The AccuValve™ AV2000 airflow control valve is a revolutionary product in which Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was utilized to aid in its design. This resulted in a valve that maximizes turndown while maintaining high accuracy throughout the flow range. The AV2000 is the first truly new design in airflow control valves in decades.

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Application: Penn State Researcher Breathes New Life into Lung Imaging with CFD Modeling
Posted Mon January 21, 2008 @11:50AM
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Application By Kara L. Gray,
New Horizon Consulting

Like many parts of the human body, the lungs have remained an untamed frontier in terms of visualizing and simulating the respiratory process. Modern medicine has identified the form and function of the lungs, but man has yet to witness the respiratory cycle of the human lung first hand, to fully understand the process and how it is affected by disease, pollution and other inhaled substances.

However, a team of researchers led by Robert Kunz, Ph.D., head of the Computational Mechanics Division at Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Laboratory, is breathing new life into the study of lung function using cutting-edge CFD modeling and high-performance computing to simulate human respiration.

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Pointwise Partners with DreeseCode Software
Posted Thu January 17, 2008 @03:19PM
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News Pointwise is announcing a new collaboration with DreeseCode Software, makers of the DesignFOIL software for airfoil and wing design and preliminary analysis. The collaboration includes DreeseCode's addition of Gridgen export to DesignFOIL and Pointwise's addition of a script for automatic CFD grid generation to their Glyph Script Exchange.

"We are thrilled to be working with a domain expert like DreeseCode," said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "Through our partnership, we can facilitate the path to CFD for their customers by providing an automatic meshing application."

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Origins of the Commercial CFD Industry
Posted Tue January 15, 2008 @05:40PM
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News Rich Smith charts the beginnings of the commercial CFD business in his blog:

Some may remember the 1980s for its over-the-top fashion (think big shoulder pads), even bigger hair styles, action movies (who can forget The Terminator?) and the Gordon Gekko "greed is good" mantra. Others will remember the introduction of personal computers - a "dent in the universe" to quote Steve Jobs of Apple. A few may even remember that the origins of the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software industry can be traced to a small number of pioneers in the 1980s. If you are one of the few then maybe you'll find Origins of the Commercial CFD Industry will stir a few fond memories.

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