Engineers tasked with doing complicated fluids analysis in mechanical and electromechanical design will have one less software vendor to choose from—but the same number of software products.
Pittsburgh-based finite-element analysis developer ANSYS is buying CFX, a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The latter's product, called CFX 5, is a mainstay of engineers in automotive, aerospace, biomedical, and power-generation applications. ANSYS already had previously purchased ICEM CFD Engineering. ANSYS President James Cashman III says that the company will develop and market CFX and ICEM CFD independently. They compliment each other, he adds.
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The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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