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Finding Discord in CFD with Tecplot Chorus

Tecplot Chorus, now in Beta, is a CFD analytic software. This screenshot shows integrated results of lift and drag, plus detailed flow field data on 191 configurations of a concept shuttle vehicle, allowing engineers to quickly compare subsets of the cases (upper right). Chorus has an open interface to CFD post processing applications for 3D post-processing (lower right).

Tecplot Chorus, now in Beta, is a CFD analytic software. This screenshot shows integrated results of lift and drag, plus detailed flow field data on 191 configurations of a concept shuttle vehicle, allowing engineers to quickly compare subsets of the cases (upper right). Chorus has an open interface to CFD post processing applications for 3D post-processing (lower right).

Analysis of analysis results — sounds redundant? Not at all, according to Tecplot. The company’s latest software product, Techplot Chorus, is developed precisely to serve that purpose. In Tecplot’s words, it’s a “simulation analytics management software.”

Think of it this way. If a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) session is a single doctor’s visit or a medical checkup, then a simulation analytics is the equivalent of  looking at a patient’s history — the results of all the checkups over a period of time — to identify potential ailments and hazards.

According to Tecplot, Chorus “addresses a number of large and growing need for engineers who need to look at massive amounts of data and quickly identify the trends and anomalies that may affect the critical design decisions they need to make.” Most commonly, Tecplot thinks you may deploy a product like Chorus to “optimize a design, analyze the operational envelope of a configuration, or investigate an engineering problem.”

Currently in beta testing and scheduled to ship in Q3 of 2011, Tecplot Chorus plugs in with  Tecplot 360, the company’s CFD tool, and  other post-processors from competing firms. The software allows you to load analysis results from a series of CFD sessions into a single environment, then compare them to identify, isolate, and investigate deviations and anomalies.

Blogging about the development of Chorus, Mike Peery, Tecplot’s president and CEO, wrote, “Tecplot Chorus has been in testing the last several months, during which time we have been quietly asking our key customers, analysts, and other industry leaders what they think about this new product. We hear comments like ‘It’s a breakout technology,’ ‘Wow!,’ and ‘This will be great for the industry.’ This positive response definitely feeds our professional pride, but, more importantly, it feels good to know that we’re on track to a great new way to help our customers do their work better, faster, and more productively” (“Something Abuzz at Tecplot Inc.,” May 16, 2011).

By its makers’ own admission, the software has been in the work in the last 18 months. It’s intended to serve both generalists and specialists in the CFD field. Tecplot hasn’t announced the price for Chorus.

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About Kenneth

Kenneth Wong has been a regular contributor to the CAD industry press since 2000, first an an editor, later as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications. During his nine-year tenure, he has closely followed the migration from 2D to 3D, the growth of PLM (product lifecycle management), and the impact of globalization on manufacturing. His writings have appeared in Cadalyst, Computer Graphics World, and Manufacturing Business Technology, among others.

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