Plot3D, CGNS and the Standardization of Data File Formats

Plot3D is a standard file format used for storing grid and results data in CFD simulations. This standardization of formats is a big plus for engineers, allowing them more choices in tailoring their solutions to a project.  Taking a page from another industry, where the belief that owning the format means owning the market—the cell phone industry still suffers from these proprietary practices, which, as we know, rarely work out […]

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CFD Software, Where Understanding Happens

A lot has changed in CFD software.   Over the past three to five years, commercial and government codes have proliferated; and engineers are the winners as the codes keep getting better and better. Today, engineers might use ANSYS CFX or FLUENT. Or they might opt for STAR-CCM or OpenFOAM. Or they may choose OVERFLOW-2 or Wind-US. Any one of these tools may be preferred for a different flow regime. The […]

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Building Tecplot Add-ons with CMake

Tecplot add-ons are a powerful way to customize and extend Tecplot’s capabilities. Unfortunately, building cross-platform add-ons can be a pain: there are two completely different methods of building (Visual Studio on Windows, “make” on other platforms), which means maintaining two separate build systems (Visual Studio project files and Makefiles). One solution to this problem is CMake, which allows you to write a single set of cross-platform build files. Using CMake […]

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