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New FLUENT for CATIA V5 Extends PLM-Embedded Analysis
Posted Tue November 21, 2006 @12:39PM
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News Fluent Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc., has announced the upcoming release of Version 2 of FLUENT® for CATIA® V5. The new release, planned for customer shipment during December 2006, will extend the range of fluid flow simulations that can be accomplished within the V5 PLM environment and will include enhanced automation for rapid performance-based evaluation of design alternatives.

Developed by Fluent as a member of the CAA V5 Software Community Program, FLUENT for CATIA V5 delivers the ANSYS vision of simulation-driven product development to customers working within the V5 PLM environment.


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Version 2 of FLUENT for CATIA V5 continues the strong focus on full product lifecycle management (PLM) integration and provides V5 PLM users with fully generative bi-directional associativity between 3-D modeling and analysis. Enhancements in the new release provide further automation, efficiency and alignment with the V5 analysis process.

Model building options have been extended to include Dassault Systèmes’ hexahedral meshing tools and the ability to convert to polyhedral meshes within the FLUENT solver. All meshing options can be used alone or combined within the same model, improving the efficiency of the overall simulation and yielding faster turnaround for many important design analyses.

The Version 2 release also includes a significantly expanded set of capabilities for handling complex flow scenarios. Fluid flows that involve time variation, rotating equipment, compressibility and mixed convection thermal modes now can be considered. These new capabilities are critical to address important applications such as high-speed aerodynamics, pumps, fans, blowers, full HVAC systems, electronics cooling, engine system components, thermal transients and many more.

Finally, support for full 64-bit memory addressing under Microsoft Windows XP 64 has been added, enabling simulation of larger models.

“FLUENT for CATIA V5 is an important part of the ANSYS strategy of delivering simulation software that helps our customers to optimize their product development process,” said Chris Reid, vice president, marketing at ANSYS, Inc. “The Version 2 release adds considerable modeling capability that enables expanded use of simulation for improved product design. We value the close relationship between Fluent and Dassault Systèmes and we look forward to continuing our focus on PLM integrated simulation for the V5 community.”

“The Version 2 release of FLUENT for CATIA V5 is an integral component of our strategy of enabling CAA Partners to leverage the V5 open architecture to extend CATIA integrated simulation capabilities. We understand that our customers need to predict product performance, and FLUENT for CATIA V5 reveals the effect of fluid dynamics in a way that is fully integrated with the PLM process”, said Ken Short, vice president of strategy and marketing at SIMULIA. “We are committed to working with partners like Fluent to deliver CAA V5-based solutions to help our customers achieve better product performance within a streamlined design process.”

Release 2 of FLUENT for CATIA V5 will be showcased in the Fluent exhibition stand at the European CATIA Forum in Paris November 7 through 9, 2006. Additional product demonstrations will be conducted at Fluent events in Europe and Asia Pacific during November.

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