In this update: Learn about the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) work on the Eagle with Darren Grove

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Sign Up for Free Webinar! Aerodynamics Engineer Darren Grove will show us how the use of Pointwise for pre-processing, CFD++ from Metacomp Technologies for flow solutions, and EnSight from CEI for post-processing NAE improved the drag and stability characteristics of the NAE vehicle. Within the context of the overall goal of achieving 800 mph, this webinar will discuss how Mr. Grove used Pointwise and EnSight to help design aft suspension fairings to reduce overall drag on the NAE car while maintaining stability and control.

 

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About the Graphic: Metacomp CFD++ solution of the North American Eagle @ 700 MPH with design cycle 1 fairings. Composite image showing unstructured viscous mesh generated with Pointwise, overlaid by stream-wise velocity on ground & symmetry planes, vehicle surfaces colored by pressure and near surface streamlines using EnSight post-processing software.

 

Techniques presented will include:

• Generating fast, repeatable, complex, viscous, unstructured meshes with T-Rex

• Employing CFD as a cost-effective tool to help an all-volunteer team attempt the world land speed record

• Challenges of designing a stable, low drag wheel system for a supersonic ground vehicle

• Efficiently extracting drag and stability information from a large number of calculations using EnSight

To register for the webinar, please visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/414913270

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Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic,  has a new book

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Ping Fu (next to Ed) and her sister Hong – Their story in a new book, Bend, Not Break.

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

—Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. To start all over, without family or friends, as a maid, waitress, and student.

Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in tech­nology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the president of the United States.

It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds.

Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and three phrases of English: thank you, hello, and help.

Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new home­land. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Ping became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repair­ing NASA spaceships.

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 Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.

North American Eagle Website and Mobile App Updates

For those of you have not had the chance to explore our updated website, here is a quick overview of all of our recent changes.  First of all, the entire interface has been redone to support superior viewing from tablets and smartphones.  The  menu has been simplified for easy navigation throughout the entire site.  As part of the update, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of the Member Center.  The new Member Center will have exclusive content for our fans.  The Member Center will initially be available to our Eagle’s Lair Members.  More information will be available soon.

Updates for NAE Mobile are also now available to connect with the new website.  These updates include improved access to Project Updates as well as all of the other pages.  Available exclusively on the iPad is the ability to shop through the Gear Store for your favorite items as well as access to the Member Center when it becomes available.  The iPad version will also now rotate to any rotation for optimal viewing.

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New Lenovo Video

Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ .  The NAE™  scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™  uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis.  Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!

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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop

All home page photos by Eric Wittler of ChasingClouds.net.