Simulation data management: A status report

By Mike Peery Tecplot co-founder Recently, I was reading a very good article about Simulation Data Management (SDM) by Mark Norris of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group. I realized the article is actually a very good status report on the practice of Simulation Data Management. In it, he reports that less than half of all companies who could benefit from SDM are using it. And those that aren’t […]

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Simulation data management: A little or a lot

At Tecplot, Inc., we’ve had many conversations with our engineering customers about how they use CFD in their day-to-day work. From these conversations, we’ve found that CFD engineers fall into two groups: Exploratory CFD and Production CFD. Both groups can benefit from a robust simulation data management software tool. By listening to customer needs, Tecplot, Inc. has been able to meet the needs of both groups with Tecplot Chorus, which […]

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Reservoir Simulation Tests the Limits of Built-in Post Processors

As computing power has increased, the volume of simulation data that reservoir engineers must work with has gone up exponentially. Working with so much important data, it’s critical that engineers not miss anything. Vast amounts of money could be wasted if data is overlooked. And with all that data, it’s very likely some could be. For instance, before an oil company goes to the expense of producing a field, reservoir […]

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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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