December 2011

It's holiday season again, so before the festivities begin here's your last Symscape update for 2011. The goodies that await include a new article on using CFD for concept design analysis, news of an art exhibit featuring a Caedium CFD simulation, and my latest blog posts. Thanks for your support and we look forward to satisfying your CFD needs in 2012.

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CFD Concept Design of a Fuel-Efficient Passenger Vehicle

To realize the maximum benefit of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation tools, such as CFD, you have to use these analysis tools early in the concept design phase of a project. The concept design phase is the moment when the design is (pardon the pun) fluid - open to extensive geometry changes and free of the clutter of manufacturing details, such as fasteners. This is the time to design for simulation, i.e., keep your geometry simple and perform comparative analysis to explore how design parameters affect the design performance. Read more >>

Caedium CFD Animation Featured as an Art Exhibit at the Barbican

On November 24, 2011, Off Modern LATE at the Barbican featured a Caedium Professional CFD animation video of the air flow through a model of the Barbican. The event was part of the OMA/Progress exhibition and featured music by the London Symphony Orchestra. Read more >>


Below are teasers for my latest blog posts.

RC Car Integrates Advanced Aerodynamics Package

Going fast and aerodynamics are intimately related, whether it's for a Formula 1 car or in this case for a remote control (RC) car. The Traxxas XO-1 is billed as "The World's Fastest Ready-To-Race Supercar" with a 0-100 mph time of under 5 seconds. More interesting than its out-and-out straight-line speed is that this RC car employs advanced aerodynamics for generating downforce. Read more >>

CFD Study Confirms Fabric Ducts Are More Efficient Than Metal Ducts

An extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study performed over 10 months by a team at Iowa State University [source: green building pro] confirmed what many room occupants long suspected - that fabric ducts offer better indoor air comfort compared to traditional metal ducts. Equally impressive, the study found that the fabric ducts provided a 22-27% improvement in energy efficiency compared to equivalent metal ducts. Read more >>

Caedium Stars at SC11

Thanks to the effort and support of Wen-ming Ye from Microsoft, Caedium played a staring role at Super Computing 11 (SC11). SC11 is an annual gathering billed as the premier international supercomputing conference. This year's event was held in Seattle, November 12-18, and attracted record crowds - no doubt in eager anticipation of catching a glimpse of Caedium :-) Read more >>