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ANSYS® CFX® is the CFD Tool of Choice for LaunchPoint’s Pediatric Maglev VAD

Posted on Thu, Jul 20, 2006

By: Ryan Avery

At Goleta-area venture engineering firm LaunchPoint Technologies, simulation and virtual prototyping have become an integral part of the engineering design cycle. With tight project schedules and limited budgets being commonplace, engineers are often required to predict the performance of new designs or processes even before they reach manufacturing. So by rigorously maintaining the importance of simulation analysis in design optimization of a flow system, LaunchPoint is able to exceed the increasing expectations of demanding clients.

But experts in fields such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) need powerful tools to enable their expertise, and not all CFD solutions are created equal. That is why LaunchPoint Technologies has selected ANSYS® CFX® as the simulation tool of choice for the design of the Pediatric VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) currently being researched. The Pediatric VAD is a novel assist device for infants and very small children from 2 kg to 15 kg with congenital or acquired cardiac disease, allowing them to remain completely mobile while receiving the ventricular assistance they so desperately need. If successful, the device would be the first designed specifically to provide long-term cardiac support to these very special patients for whom no support technology currently exists.

“CFD analysis is playing a critical role in the design optimization of the PediaFlow,” comments LaunchPoint CFD expert, Dr. JingChun Wu. “In order to maximize hydrodynamic performance and to minimize induced blood damage, it is necessary for us to analyze the complex blood flow field and to optimize the flow path of the blood pump. By integrating ANSYS CFX with our internally developed design tools, geometric models, automatic mesh generators, and mathematical blood damage models, we are able to cost-effectively provide an optimized design for the complex pediatric ventricular assist device.”

The ANSYS CFX solution provides superior technology to deliver quick and accurate results, intuitive setup, wider applicability, and fewer required resources than other packages. Its superior performance is the result of proven, leading-edge technology in all elements of the software that provides its accuracy, reliability, speed and flexibility. ANSYS CFX delivers the ability to apply the most powerful and precise CFD analysis to virtually every fluid engineering problem, and is why LaunchPoint trusts the software for its Pediatric VAD, currently being developed.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, CFX, AUTODYN, FLUENT and any and all ANSYS, Inc. product and service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries located in the United States or other countries. ICEM CFD is a trademark licensed by ANSYS, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About LaunchPoint Technologies, Inc.

LaunchPoint Technologies is a venture engineering firm which specializes in incubating startups, developing new technologies, and providing sophisticated engineering services. LaunchPoint Technologies is a spin-off from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and is based in Goleta, California. LaunchPoint was co-founded by father, Alvin and his sons, Brad and David Paden in 1992. The company has worked with a number of new ventures and high-end projects for large technology firms. Website:

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