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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Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
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