Tips & Tricks

Here you will find articles on how to solve specific issues related to ESI's software solutions. Missing ESI products will be added progressively. Each article has a short abstract which is accessible to everyone. As logged users you can see the full article with all attached screenshots, and you can post comments related to each article.

Physical Optics (PO) VS. Geometrical Optics (GO)
The purpose of this article is to compare two High Frequency formalisms, namely Physical Optics & Geometrical Optics, with a brief overview of their advantages & drawbacks.
Jean-Claude Kedzia
Electromagnetics
144

Parallel processing
“To pull a bigger wagon, it is easier to add more horses than to grow a gigantic horse.” This paraphrased quotation nicely expresses the basic concept of parallel processing. The speed of sequential computers has been doubling every eighteen months, according to Moore’...
Bohuš Ulrych
Casting
453

The manufacturing of sand cores
The manufacturing of iron, steel and non-ferrous castings is achieved using a variety of casting process designs, and most of these involve the use of sand cores which form the internal shape of the casting. A good quality casting requires a good quality core....
Vaclav Kunes
Casting
372

FLEXlm protection file system
ESI group needs to license, manage and track a variety of licensing options, platform and product dependencies. FLEXlm is one of the only software that is up to this task. A simple, shrinkwrapped license management product would not be powerful and flexible enough to...
Vaclav Kunes
Casting
505

Why it is useful to describe problems in terms of non-dimensional parameters and which ones are the main important in solidification?
A dimensionless quantity is a quantity without any physical units. Such a number is typically defi ned as a product or ratio of quantities which do have units, in such a way that all units cancel. Dimensionless quantities are widely used in the fields of physics and...
Vaclav Kunes
Casting
331

CFD-FASTRAN/CFD-ACE+ coupling for thermal environment simulations
In certain applications, different regions of the computational domain experiences flow conditions that are so different that it is very difficult for a single solver to produce accurate results at the extremes. In many situations, such problems can be separated and...
Abraham Meganathan
CFD
30

Avoiding Chimera Errors in CFD-FASTRAN
This note discusses a common error encountered by users when trying chimera meshes in CFD-FASTRAN. Such errors are easy to avoid and hopefully this note will assist you.
Abraham Meganathan
CFD
5

Motion Model Dependencies in CFD-FASTRAN
Moving-body models available in CFD-FASTRAN are highly suited to simulate complex prescribed and six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) motions of rigid bodies. In many engineering problems, this translates to multiple bodies moving relative to one another.
Abraham Meganathan
CFD
6

Low Mach Preconditioning and Dual Time Stepping in CFD-FASTRAN
Density-based schemes employing time-marching procedures available in CFD-FASTRAN provide excellent stability and convergence characteristics for high-speed compressible flows (typically M >0.5).
Abraham Meganathan
CFD
6

Axisymmetric 2D Convergent-Divergent Boattail Nozzle Simulation Using CFD-FASTRAN
The NASA D-1.22-L boattail nozzle configuration was obtained from the MADIC (Multidisciplinary and Design Industrial Consortium) program. The geometry definition and the flow conditions are documented in NASA TP 1766 [1]. This user tip presents a validation of...
Abraham Meganathan
CFD
17