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ESI Group releases CADalyzer 2006

ESI Group

ESI Group has released the 2006 version of CFD-CADalyzer – a coupled design and analysis tool. CFD-CADalyzer is the perfect tool for both CAD engineers and CFD analysts to perform design-level analysis with a simple and intuitive interface. CFD-CADalyzer, a complete package in itself with a built-in pre- and post-processor, enables the simulation of flow and heat transfers, and allows the comparison of results over a range of varying geometries and operational conditions.

The integrated design environment provided by CADalyzer for the leading CAD packages (including SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics, Inventor, Solid Edge and Mechanical Desktop) leads to a faster time to market and improved product quality. CFD-CADalyzer 2006 improves ease of use by eliminating the pitfalls associated with translation between different geometry representations. CFD-CADalyzer V2006 is also more user-friendly, reducing design time and allowing the user to choose the same mouse behaviour and colour schemes as their favourite CAD packages.

“CADalyzer 2006 is an excellent analytical tool in our product development process. I am impressed with its seamless integration with native CAD packages like Solidworks, Inventor and Unigraphics. CADalyzer has a major impact on our pre-processing time as it gives a first order estimate in a matter of minutes. CADalyzer takes only about one-fourth of the time as [compared to] the other pre-processors we have in our facility. CADalyzer quickly eliminates surprises and takes care of all the practical issues in geometry and meshing. CADalyzer is an automated, easy-to-use analytical tool which is well organised,” says Dr Kedar Sangam, Member of Technical Staff, at Applied Materials Inc.

In pre-processing, specifically mesh building, mesh quality is very important in setting up a complex geometry problem. Using CFD-CADalyzer 2006 means that significantly better mesh quality is obtained through the suppression of tiny features coupled with intelligent boundary layer meshing.

In CFD-CADalyzer V2006, mathematical functions can be used as an input for boundary condition values in addition to the structural and deformation modelling capabilities of CDF-ACE+, which is available with an additional licence. Now with CFD-CADalyzer 2006, users can visualise their post-processing results quickly with the one-button click animation feature. Among the new features included in CFD-CADalyzer are a strip chart and carpet plot and a larger memory capacity of 3GB.

About ESI Group CFD solutions

ESI Group’s CFD solutions include a wide range of applications related to fluid mechanics, focusing on several key industrial market sectors: CFD-ACE+™ – finite-volume software for CFD related multi-physic simulations including fluid-structure interaction, electromagnetics, electrochemistry, biochemistry, plasma, fuel cell and many more disciplines for high-end applications; CFD-FASTRAN™ – finite-volume software focused on high-speed flows with moving bodies and aero-thermo-chemistry; PAM-FLOW™ – finite-element software for automotive aero-acoustics, aerodynamics with adjoint solver based optimisation, and defence applications; CFD-CADalyzer™ – CAD-linked CFD software that is an easy-to-use product for the design engineer; CFD-TOPO™ – software dedicated to fine feature evolution in nano-processing technology; and CFD-VISCART™ – dedicated software for automatic CAD surface shrink-wrap and volume grid generation for CFD-ACE+™ and CFD-FASTRAN™.

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an entire suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to simulate a product’s behaviour realistically during testing, to fine-tune the manufacturing processes in accordance with the desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on product usage.

ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative, virtual engineering solution, known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous manner. By drastically reducing costs and development lead times, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantages and make it possible to eliminate gradually the need for physical prototypes. This integrated protocol allows all the company’s solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions progressively eliminate the need for physical prototypes during product development, thus offering major competitive advantages.

ESI Group is listed on the Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris, and generated sales of €60 million in 2004. The company employs almost 500 high-level specialists worldwide, and covers more than 30 countries.

Virtual Try-Out Space® and VTOS® are registered trademarks of ESI Group. All other products, names and companies mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Date: March 9, 2006