This Week in CFD

Tsoutsanis as published on springer.com.

This is the first edition of This Week in CFD in the last month of 2021 meaning that there are only two or three more left until we put 2021 to bed. It’s been a great year for CFD if this week’s news is any indication. The “must read” article of the week is very well done article about CFD for F-1 aerodynamics done by a masters student. Speaking of students, Aviation Week chose their 20 Twenties: know any of the finalists? Still speaking about students, AIAA’s A&D workforce study should be of great interest to them as they complete their university work and transition to the workforce. And ICYMI, you’ll find here links to the video demonstrations of how the updated Flashpoint Automatic Surface Meshing works in the new Pointwise V18.5. Shown here is a portion of the “image of the week” showing interaction of a shock wave with a water column.

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This Week in CFD

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Today’s edition of the CFD news will take a “Black Friday,” ruthless, unorganized, get in and get out approach to reporting. There’s an article on Nature.com advocating for more, not fewer, virtual conferences. I’d like to read your opinions on this in the comments. Another longish report for you to read is AIAA’s State of the Industry Report. Any surprises for you in that report should be included in the comments. And it’d be nice of our NASA readers commented on the agency’s open science initiative. If you’re concerned that those three things aren’t CFD, don’t worry; there are plenty of software releases and applications to keep you busy on this (holiday for some) Friday. Shown here is a CFD simulation you’ve probably already seen if you’ve been online at all during the last month: ducklings in formation swimming.

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This Week in CFD

This week’s CFD news includes a couple of “must read” articles. When someone claims to have resolved the grand challenges of the CFD Vision 2030, it’s worth reading how. There’s also an article on digital engineering that ensures we don’t forget about its analog component: people. Plus we have all the usual suspects including plenty of open positions, software releases, and event news. Shown here is a teaser from an on-demand webinar about Cadence CFD’s Nonlinear Harmonic method that provides high-fidelity results at a fraction of the cost of time domain methods for turbomachinery flows. Register here to learn more.

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More Meshing Automation in Latest Pointwise Release

Cadence Pointwise Meshing Version 18.5 is now available for download and production use. The Flashpoint suite of automation techniques, introduced in V18.4 with Flashpoint Automatic Surface Meshing, is extended in V18.5 with the addition of Automatic Volume Meshing. This new capability takes as input a collection of surface meshes and a handful of user-defined goals for the mesh and automatically generates a hybrid, unstructured volume mesh with anisotropy.

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This Week in CFD

The CFD news rolls in faster than I can compile it all and share it here. There are so many bookmarks in Chrome that someday they’ll become self-aware. But all that CFD makes for good reading. Several big events are coming up in turbomachinery, meshing, and CFD – and some are going to be held in person. Notable reading covers MBSE, AWS, and AI. And for people of a certain vintage, the history of Cray is a wonderful bit of computing nostalgia. Shown here is a Lagrangian simulation of the Southern Ocean by Riley Brady from the cover of Geophysical Research Letters.

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