CFD Codes/Vendors

Flow Codes

1. CFD2000: developed by Adaptive Research and currently also marketed by Aertia Software; easy-to-use code with nice GUI, can be mastered even by high school students; has very nice Cartesian grid generator with output in PLOT3D format and a more advanced structured-grid generation capability.
2. ANSYS CFX: very sophisticated code with wide range of capabilities com- bining structural analysis from ANSYS with CFD methods in CFX (including those of TASCflow); contains whole suite of pre- and post-processing tools and types of flow solvers.
3. Fluent: a product of Fluent, Inc.; one of the standards, world wide, in CFD codes; part of a large suite of CFD software, including compressible flow simulation capability and the extremely capable, but somewhat difficult-to-master, grid generator GAMBIT.
4. STAR-CD: also a world-wide CFD standard from CD-adapco; like Fluent, contains full suite of software including grid generators and visualization tools; widely used when combustion is key aspect of physics being simulated, and in particular has optional CHEMKIN package available.

Grid Generators

1. EZMESH: part of the Adaptive Research suite of software; generates struct- ured grids using transfinite interpolation.
2. GAMBIT: as noted, above, part of the Fluent suite of software; very general, but somewhat difficult to master; default is unstructured grids.
3. Gridgen: a product of Pointwise, Inc., very general grid generation tool with a focus on structured-grid generation, but with unstructured and hybrid grid capability as well; structured grid generation based on transfinite interpolation with Poisson solver smoothing available, and on hyperbolic PDE grid genera- tion techniques.

Visualization Tools

1. ACUITIV: one of the latest tools for CFD post processing; designed from the "ground up" for 3-D immersive visualization, but operates well in 2-D flat-screen workstation environment.
2. EnSight: world-class CFD post-processing tool of Computational Engineer- ing International (CEI) with focus on constructing animations of CFD results; available in version supporting 3-D immersive presentation, EnSight Gold.
3. FIELDVIEW: very sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, CFD post-processing tool developed by Intelligent Light; features a "calculator" capable of constructing many different functions depending on the dependent variables normally output (e.g., vorticity, divergence, etc.); includes "hooks" for most widely-used CFD flow solvers for easy import of data; permits easy construction and export of animations of computed results; now available in a 3-D immersive version termed FIELDVIEW eXtreme.
4. Tecplot: widely-used post-processing tool; somewhat less intuitive but con- tains features with respect to general data analysis (in contrast to CFD, per se) not available in many other post-processing software tools; requires separate acquisition of CFD Analyzer to obtain full functionality exhibited by some other post-processing tools.
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Professional Organizations

1. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): one of oldest and broadly-based of American scientific organizations; publishes the weekly magazine SCIENCE containing research and commentary on all areas of the biological, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences as well as news and commentary on events in Washington DC as they pertain to and impact research, and research funding.
2. American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA): the premier American organization devoted to advancement of the science and eng- ineering of flight, and essentially all related topics. Publishes numerous books, journals, etc. and sponsors yearly conferences pertaining to essentially every possible aspect of aeronautical and astronautical engineering and closely related fields.
3. American Mathematical Society (AMS): one of the largest professional organizations in the US consisting of mathematicians, both pure and applied, from all areas of the field.
4. American Physical Society (APS): the leading professional organizations in the US consisting of physicists and engineers working in essentially all areas of the physical sciences.
5. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): the one of leading professional organizations in the US and world with members working in essentially all areas of mechnical and aeronautical engineering, and more recently in bioengineering as well as areas related to material science and physics.
6. Combustion Institute (CI): world-wide organization with membership in- terested in all aspects of combustion and related areas.
7. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): one of the world's top organizations for applied mathematicians; publishes journals and books in all areas of applied mathematics and sponsors numerous conferences with a variety of themes related to mathematics and its applications in science, engineering, physics and industry.
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1. Academic Press: now part of Elsevier
2. Cambrige University Press:
6. Oxford University Press:
7. Prentice Hall:
9. Taylor & Francis Books Ltd:
10. John Wiley & Sons:
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Academic Websites

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1. American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD):
Annual meeting held at various locations throughout US week of Thanksgiving in November
2. Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory:
3. Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics:
International conference whose annual meetings are held in major cities throughout the world; reviewed papers published in hardbound proceedings volumes by Elsevier

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Miscellaneous Websites

1. Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center:
2. GRI-Mech:
Compilations of combustion-related chemical reactions and data for their use
3. NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH:
Conducts research in a wide range of areas in support of NASA programs: combustion, propulsion, gas turbine technologies, microgravity research
4. Sandia National Laboratories; Albuquerque, NM and Livermore,CA:
Conducts research under the Department of Energy with major focuses in nuclear weapons, combustion and fire research, computer science
5. Chemical Equilibrium Calculator using STANJAN:
Very nice web-based calculator based on the Stanford implementation of the JANNAF tables created by the late Wm. C. Reynolds

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