LEBANON, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2003--Fluent Inc., world
leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, releases
version 4.1 of its Icepak(TM) electronics cooling design software. The
newest version of Icepak builds on the technologies introduced in
Icepak 4.0 for the industry's fastest time-to-solution. Its
combination of nested non-conformal meshing and unstructured meshing
strategies, including assembly meshing, let the designer build a more
computationally-efficient and accurate model faster. "Icepak 4.1's new
'Nested Assembly Meshing' allows the user to seamlessly bring far more
detail into the model, to retain geometric shape fidelity, and improve
accuracy, and it reduces mesh counts by 30% to 3 times compared to
Icepak 4.0," says Icepak product manager Rajesh Nair.
Building on a Strong Foundation--Users respond
Fluent is the technology leader that brought object-based
modeling, unstructured meshing, parallel computing, zoom-in modeling,
network modeling, and non-conformal assembly meshing technologies for
the first time to the electronics cooling design community. Icepak
4.0, released in the summer of 2002, receives resounding reviews from
users for its productivity-enhancing power, and has helped Icepak's
market share to grow robustly during this lean economic period.
"Icepak's new ability of meshing assemblies separately has brought
down my mesh count from 515,190 to 178,459. Thus, the results were
achieved about three times faster and I investigated various design
variations right within a day. I'm delighted and so was my boss!" says
Christina Bohm of Motorola GmbH, Munich, Germany.
George Ozuna of Hewlett-Packard was one of the beta testers for
Icepak 4.1. Remarking on his experience with the performance
improvements, he says: "I had been using Icepak 4.0 when I was asked
to conduct an analysis on a large server. The server was larger than a
1U unit and had no planes of symmetry to use for simplification. It
was necessary to model all of the significant structure up stream of
the areas of interest in order to get a good approximation of the
airflow volume and direction. The model was first analyzed using the
one level deep non-conformal meshing in Icepak 4.0. This model was too
large to solve on a MS Windows OS system, due to the limitation of the
2GB of memory per MS-Windows process. Icepak 4.1 was made available to
me and I was able to take advantage of the Nested Assembly Meshing
option that allowed me to analyze a system that I couldn't using
Icepak 4.0, and do it in more detail than previously possible."
Speed and Other Productivity Enhancements
How much faster? "Users can expect to see 30% to 3 times faster
solution to their complex design problems depending on the levels of
nesting possible in the model," states Nair.
Icepak 4.1 also adds more than a dozen new and improved models and
options to cap its performance enhancements. The list includes blower
objects, new turbulence models, improved fan models, enhanced
transient network modeling, and faster parametric solutions.
Pricing and Availability
Icepak 4.1 is available on UNIX, NT, and Linux platforms. It is
provided at no additional cost to all current Icepak users who have
chosen to purchase upgrades along with their Icepak licenses. Icepak
license fees depend on the number of seats purchased. Annual license
fees include unlimited technical support.
Fluent is the world's largest provider of computational fluid
dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent's software is
used for simulation, visualization, and prediction of fluid flow, heat
and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the
computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the
world and in almost every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent's
software, product development, design and research engineers build
virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and
existing designs, which helps them to optimize, troubleshoot,
scale-up, and retrofit. Use of CFD software reduces time-to-market by
reducing the need for costly physical testing and prototyping.
Fluent's corporate headquarters is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire,
USA, with local offices in Belgium, England, France, Germany, India,
Italy, and Sweden. Fluent's Asia Pacific headquarters is located in
Tokyo, Japan. Its CFD software is also available around the world
through joint ventures, partnerships, and distributors.
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