ANSYS Announces CFX-TurboGrid 2.1; The Next Generation in Grid Generation for Turbomachinery CFD

CANONSBURG, Pa., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ANSYS Inc. , a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced the release of CFX-TurboGrid(TM) version 2.1 featuring new technology developed by recently acquired CFX, a leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services for turbomachinery. CFX-TurboGrid 2.1 provides analysts of rotating machinery with the mesh creation tool required to increase productivity and optimize design. CFX-TurboGrid uses newly developed technology to create a high-quality hexahedral mesh while preserving the underlying geometry, allowing for accurate and fast CFD analysis. New automated functions further simplify the grid-generation step in the analysis process.

As part of the CFX system of integrated software for turbomachinery applications which includes CFX-5(TM), CFX-TASCflow(TM) and CFX-BladeGen(TM), earlier versions of CFX-TurboGrid serves more than 250 users worldwide in more than 150 companies. Grid generation is a key element in CFD analysis, particularly in the exacting turbomachinery field. High-quality grids are required to generate the accurate results needed to compare performance simulation of multiple designs. In industries where meeting rigorous specifications is paramount and small increases in efficiency can lead to millions of dollars' profit, CFX-TurboGrid is a software tool that provides fast turnaround of the grid-generation process to ensure maximum utility from the CFD analysis process.

The latest version of CFX-TurboGrid can automatically create a customized mesh topology for the blade geometry being studied - pre-defined templates are not required. This topology is propagated to the hub and shroud allowing CFX- TurboGrid to generate a consistent high-quality hexahedral element mesh. As in previous versions, geometry can be imported using formats familiar to blade designers, and meshes can be exported for use with other products in the CFX software system, including CFX-5.

"We have used CFX-TurboGrid at PCA Engineers for many years due to its ability to deliver good meshes quickly," states Dr. Chris Robinson of PCA Engineers. "This allows us to provide our customers, including many of the most prominent companies in the turbomachinery industry, with fast turnaround and accurate results. We are impressed by the overall feel of the new user interface of CFX-TurboGrid, as well as its consistency with the emerging generation of CFX products. The high degree of automation in the latest version will be very beneficial to new users."

"Providing class-leading special purpose tools for our turbomachinery customers has been a strategic goal of CFX for many years," commented Dr. Michael Raw, vice president of CFX product development. "In CFX-TurboGrid 2.1 several new developments converge. Firstly, the automation of topology generation allows the user to tackle a wider variety of geometries and applications than previously. Secondly, we have relied on the ANSYS ICEM CFD unit, for several key geometry and meshing functions to leverage their technology and ours. Finally, the new user interface paradigm is modern, fully supported on all common engineering platforms (including Linux and Windows XP), and consistent with the style of the CFX-5 pre- and post-processing. Users will find moving between these products very seamless."

About ANSYS

ANSYS Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost- conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania U.S.A. with more than 18 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS Inc. employs more than 400 people and distributes its ANSYS(R), DesignSpace(R), AI*NASTRAN(TM), ICEM- CFD Engineering and CFX products through a network of channel partners in 37 countries. Visit http://www.ansys.com/ for more information.

CFX was acquired by ANSYS Inc. on February 26, 2003 and is a leading supplier of CFD software and services to the chemical, manufacturing and power generation industries. ANSYS CFX functions as a business unit within ANSYS with resources dedicated to improving customers' efficiency and profitability by delivering outstanding CFD solutions and support.

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