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ALGOR, INC. GIVES ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY FOR RESEARCH PROJECT

 PITTSBURGH, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Algor, Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University today announced that the Pittsburgh-based software company is giving approximately $1 million to Carnegie Mellon's Computational Mechanics Laboratory for a five-year research project.
 "We greatly appreciate Algor's major contribution for support of this laboratory. It will enable the laboratory to develop new methodologies for the analysis and optimal design of multiphenomena systems, which are characterized by the interaction of two or more physical phenomena within products, parts or processes," said Dr. Stephen W. Director, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.
 Algor's contribution includes approximately $850,000 in cash and $150,000 in other support, over a five-year period beginning in 1993.
 "We believe the results of this five-year effort will be more accurate and powerful numerical algorithms for engineering simulation and mechanical design optimization software," said Michael Bussler, president and founder of Algor, which develops and sells design optimization software in which engineering analysis is tightly integrated.
 "Technical papers based on the research will be published in the open literature," according to Bussler. "The real world applications may be stunning. For example, it could give scientists a tool to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of blood flow through the heart. Automotive engineers could use it to design cars that are more fuel efficient. Aerospace engineers could design more aerodynamic aircraft."
 "The wind-induced vibration of a suspension bridge is an outstanding example of a multi-phenomena problem," said Dr. Jacobo Bielak, director of the laboratory and professor of civil engineering, who will serve as principal investigator. "On one hand, bridge vibration is influenced by pressures exerted by the wind; the air flow, in turn, depends on the motion of the structure. Traditionally, engineers have had to introduce simplifying assumptions to decouple the interacting phenomena, so that they can use the available single-phenomenon software."
 "Design of interactive systems using single-phenomenon behavior entails many back-and-forth iterations until an optimum is reached," said Dr. Omar Ghattas, associate director of the laboratory and assistant professor of civil engineering, who will also serve as principal investigator. "The development of integrated mathematical models will allow direct design optimization, by eliminating the iterations necessary to resolve the interacting physics."
 "The goal of the research project is to develop the basic science and engineering that will enable software designers to take these physical effects into consideration efficiently in a single analysis and develop methods for optimal design of these coupled systems," said Bielak.
 Under the grant, the Computational Mechanics Laboratory will work in three basic areas:
 -- Non-linear fluid structure interaction, which is the investigation of how a fluid such as water or air interacts with an object such as a car, ship or aircraft moving through it;
 -- Boundary element methodology, which will enable modelers to represent the domain through surface rather than volume methods; and
 -- Advanced numerical techniques, to develop ways of solving large systems of equations that take advantage of the power of the next generation of computer hardware, including parallel processors.
 "Algor plans to pipeline the results of this research directly to its customers with a series of software products with unprecedented engineering power and capabilities," said Bussler.
 Algor software, which works on DOS (personal computer) and UNIX workstations, is used by engineers in more than 60 countries for computerized design optimization and model analysis.
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 /CONTACT: Michael L. Scherpereel of Jampole Communications, 412-471-2463, for Algor/


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