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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Unsteady CFD: Fundamental Changes in Analysis

Today’s low-cost computational resources have fundamentally changed the way we approach unsteady CFD analysis. These dramatic changes have seen the shift from steady-state analysis to the use of unsteady or transient simulations. Unsteady CFD allows engineers and scientists to study moving machinery and turbulence flows over a period of time under varying conditions. A look at vertical wind turbine design shows how Tecplot, Inc. is working to improve quantitative capabilities […]

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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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Our Unsteady Analysis Webinar, Some Q&A

December 2017 Update! Tecplot 360 2017 Release 3 supports LaTeX fonts » Without a little Q&A, a Webinar is worse than a lecture. It’s not long before you realize you’re just talking to yourself in front of a computer screen! Fortunately, part three of the Unsteady Analysis Webinar series had tons of Q’s and plenty of A’s. In it, two unsteady cases were visualized and analyzed in Tecplot 360, highlighting […]

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Making the Most of Your Time

Way back in 2005, we introduced support for transient data sets, greatly simplifying the workflow of visualizing transient data sets. However, there was one big catch: time information had to be available in your data files, and Tecplot 360 had to know how to read it. We added support for reading time information from several file formats (FLUENT, CGNS, Plot-3D, Tecplot, etc.), but files without time information or in a […]

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