Sports car engineers race to the finish with CFD visualization software

Welcome to Workshop Wednesday, a regular feature of the Tecplot blog. Here, we show you how engineers use our visualization software to create inspiringly accurate—sometimes even world-changing—design simulations. To most people, it’s nothing. It’s just the blink of an eye. To a sports car engineer, though, it makes all the difference. What is it? It is one tenth of one second. In the motorsports industry, getting the best performance possible […]

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COMSOL® to Tecplot Converter

Here’s your bit of good news for COMSOL® users: Recently, John Tanski of Los Alamos National Lab released a COMSOL® to Tecplot converter. Using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®, it converts COMSOL® .mph files to a form that Tecplot can read. The converter is located on Sourceforge.net. From the description on Sourceforge: “The MATLAB® m.file will export data contained within a COMSOL® mph file to a datafile in the format of an ascii TECPLOT file. […]

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Yeah, we do that: Tecplot ChemBond helps create stronger metals

It’s not computational fluid dynamics, our usual specialty. But it’s something we find just as elegant . . . and extremely intriguing. It’s quantum physics, and Tecplot is dipping right in. Here’s how: Last month, in a paper titled “Better Alloys with Quantum Design,” our Dr. Scott Imlay and a few other scientists demonstrated how chemists are lately using quantum physics to create stronger metal alloys. An American Physical Society (APS) synopsis […]

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Bring on the “a-ha moments” with CFD software

It’s the way things usually work: CFD engineers using numerical simulation to study fluid flow in a reservoir will typically first approach the problem by looking for two main things: what they know, and what they don’t know. After all, that’s what simulations are for, right? Well, not so fast. Allow us to explain . . . Visualization software shows you three things: 1. Visualization software shows you what you […]

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Visualization software for dynamic fluids: A visual treat!

Numbers are important. But you know what else is important? Being able to visualize those numbers. And the marriage of the two is what engineering is all about. Engineers are no different from the rest of us, after all. They, too, learn and communicate best through visual presentations. And so, a treat for your eyes today: Here are just some examples of the types of visualizations engineers and others create […]

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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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