Fluent Inc. announced the winners of its first annual "CFD User of the Year" Awards.

Fluent Inc., a world leader in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, announced the winners of its first annual "CFD User of the Year" Awards. The winners represent the best of the many applied CFD studies and papers published by users of Fluent's industry-standard CFD software over the past year.

As the use of CFD becomes increasingly widespread around the globe, Fluent recognized five specific applications of CFD technology that best exemplify the important role it plays in engineering. The five winners were selected by a panel of CFD experts who reviewed over 100 studies and papers from dozens of countries around the world.

The winners are:

    Most Innovative Use of CFD Technology: Dr. John Hart of SportsPulse at the University of Sheffield in the U.K.

    Most Impact of CFD on Society: Dr. Tamer Hassan and his team of researchers from several Japanese universities and hospitals.

    Most Impact of CFD on a Business Process: Dr. Matt Hyre, Associate Professor at Virginia Military Institute, U.S.

    Best Use of CFD as a Design Tool: Dr. Lin-Jie Huang, Delphi Inc., U.S.

    Best Industrial CFD Study: Dr. Peter Vogel, GTD, Germany.

The winners each receive a prize and a plaque for their contributions to the application of CFD to real-world projects.

CFD is a form of digital engineering and is the fastest growing part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) sector. The CFD industry was valued at over US$300 million in 2004, and is expected to continue growing at 16% annually worldwide through 2008, according to U.S.-based industry analyst firm Daratech.