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  • Red Cedar Technology is pleased to announce Optimize This! 2014, the International HEEDS Users Conference, which will bring experts and specialists together to recognize, and focus on, the wide applications of optimization technology, and specifically optimization with HEEDS...
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  • CD-adapco™ today announced the opening of a third Indian office location in Chennai. CD-adapco already has well-established offices in Bangalore and Pune, this new office reinforces CD-adapco's commitment to the region.

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    Don't Simulate Part of the Problem, Simulate the Whole Problem. CD-adapco is dedicated to enabling our customers to solve real...

  • I spent most of my career in industry running free, open source CFD tools and it was not until I started using STAR-CCM+®  a few years back that it finally dawned on me : free simulation software often comes with a...

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    CD-adapco™, the largest privately held CFD-focused provider of Computer Aided Engineering software has integrated SPEED™ with...

  • Simulating Water Pumps and Hydro Turbines for Energy and Power
  • An Introduction to Comprehensive Multiphase Modeling Capabilities
  • Virtual Wave Basin: CFD in the Marine & Offshore Design Process
  • Effiziente und präzise Simulation der Wärmeübertragung
Online
September 16, 2014

Companies involved with energy-production and power-generation appreciate that their machinery must be efficient, reliable, and durable. To achieve these goals and help ensure ever-higher levels of performance with turbomachinery, engineers continue to rely on and...

Online
September 18, 2014

Increasingly, simulating systems rather than isolated components may be more realistically represented by not only a single multiphase modeling approach, but the use of several complementary multiphase models working together.

Presenters on the September 18 event will show the wide...

Houston, TX USA
September 23, 2014

This seminar will feature presentations from leading companies in the marine and offshore industry, as well as experts from CD-adapco. A representative from Houston Offshore Engineering will also be there, discussing VIM analysis of Deep Draft Column Stabilized Floaters....

Düsseldorf, Germany
September 24, 2014

In diesem Seminar werden die allerneuesten Methoden bezüglich der effizienten Berechnung von Wärmeübertragung beim Design von mechanischen und elektronischen Systemen, einschließlich Komponenten und Baugruppen, vorgestellt. Während der Veranstaltung werden Simulationsspezialisten die Teilnehmer...

What is CFD?
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Computational Fluid Dynamics is a methodology that allows engineers to predict the performance of their designs when exposed to fluid flow, either internal flow (such as the flow of air and gasoline through an engine manifold) or external flow (such as the aerodynamic flow past an automobile or the hydrodynamic flow past a boat). CFD software programs can simulate problems involving gases, liquids and solids and multi-phase problems that depend on the interaction of any number of the above.

CFD is used in the design of almost every major product. Reducing uncertainty in the design process, and resulting in higher quality products and designs, with greater robustness that better meet customer requirements.

More than just flow!
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Although most practical engineering problems involve fluid dynamics to some extent, finding the solution to real-world engineering challenges involves taking accurate account of a range of physical phenomena. For this reason CFD tools can account for wide range of associated physics, including heat transfer, chemical reaction, combustion, solid transport and acoustics.

One important class of problems are those that involve FSI or Fluid Structure Interaction, where the fluid flow influences a physical structure - such as the bending of an airplane wing, or of a boat being slammed by waves. Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations can account for both the influence of the fluid on the structure, and of deformations in the structures shape on the fluid.

Simulate the System
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Complex industrial problems require CFD solutions that span a multitude of physical phenomena, which often can only be solved using simulation techniques that cross several engineering disciplines. Engineers demand the ability to "see the big picture". Simulating whole systems with Computational Fluid Dynamics and not just individual components, taking account of all the factors that are likely to influence to performance of their product in its working life. In short, to simulate the performance of their design in the context that it will actually be used.

Multi-Disciplinary Design Exploration
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Although CFD is can usefully be applied to almost any engineering problem, it's real value comes from being able to improve a product or design through multiple design iterations, using engineering data from the simulation results to drive the design process. Ultimately this results in higher quality, robust products, that better fulfill customer expectations.

CD-adapco is pioneering an approach called "MDX" or "Multi-Disciplinary Design Exploration", in which sophisticated software is used to drive the simulation through a complete range of operating scenarios, including a range of geometrical configurations and different operating points. This approach can be used to gain a complete understanding of the performance of the product across the whole design space.

When combined with HEEDS, CD-adapco's dedicated optimization software, the MDX approach can be used to calculate the best possible combination of design parameters to maximize the real-life performance of the product.