Letter from the Editor
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared with what lies within us."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
After the umpteenth phone call last evening asking for an opinion on some issue or suggesting a person deserving of our vote, one gets a little testy. It is widely known that political pundits and polls are mostly worthless at making predictions. It is with some consternation, therefore, that we find ourselves introducing you to several amazing predictions you can make with our FLOW-3D software.
Fortunately, there are important differences between predictions based on opinion polls and predictions based on theories supported by a wide range of physical evidence. In the lead application article, for example, you will find a simulation study whose results are successfully compared to physical laboratory experiments. As with any good tool, it is important to use the tool properly. A case in point is discussed in the Hints & Tips section of the Newsletter where improper initial conditions are shown to give incorrect results.
After stressing out over the barrage of unwanted phone calls it is somewhat soothing to learn of a new development in FLOW-3D for reducing excessive stress by plastic deformation. Learning to deal with stress in any form is a good thing, so we are hopeful that this issue of the Newsletter will leave you in a more relaxed and optimistic state.