[Yes, structured grids. No, it is not 1997.]
- Envenio cites six benefits of structured grids relative to unstructured and hybrid meshes. #4 Data locality leads to “better usage of memory bandwidth.” [Full disclosure: Pointwise provides Envenio with a preprocessing solution.]
- Alert reader Thomas shares another example of structured grid generation, this time from the aspect of overset grids used by ONERA for a simulation of a drone. See image below. [Full disclosure: The grids were generated using Pointwise. No, I did not rig the articles to both have that tie-in.] [The article is in French which I can’t read. People who can speak three languages are called tri-lingual, those who can speak two languages are called bi-lingual, and those who can speak one language are called American.]
- Update 18 Nov 2017: The mesh generation and CFD solution were performed by Andheo for ONERA. Sorry for any confusion and consternation.
- Use of CFD for keeping up with “the ever-changing environmental regulations that are in effect one day and repealed the next” related to NOx burner retrofits.
- Singer and Williams Advanced Engineering used CFD to improve the aerodynamics of a 1990 Porsche 964.
- CFD was applied to the Mars Curiosity Rover to determine the rover’s influence on its environmental sensors.
- Use of CFD to study windage effects on superstructures helps ensure they won’t roll over in high winds. See image below.
- CFD and NASCAR
- CFD was used to validate the designs for the vortex impeller in a dredger. [Other than the use of CFD, this article is notable for two things. First, the product name Slurrysucker. Second, the decision in the article’s title to capitalize “Mark II” as “Mark Ii.” Even accounting for my previously noted language deficiencies, I’m fairly certain that’s not good Latin.]
- The SimCenter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga upgraded their parallel file storage capabilities to support CFD and other HPC applications.
- Scientific Computing World published this article about ANSYS’ approach to “democratizing HPC.”
- A similar story appears in Digital Engineering magazine about how TotalSim is moving toward Simulation as a Service.
- Deep learning to accelerate CFD.
- Tecplot 360 2017 R3 was released with improvements to slices and isosurfaces, new Python scripting capabilities, and more.
- The ProLB Lattice Boltzmann CFD solver will now be distributed worldwide by Powersys.
- Mentor’s FloEFD was recently upgraded and includes new free-surface capabilities.
- Calling it “IP security,” Core Technologie added a Simplify module to their 3D Evolution geometry model tool that, among other things, can strip out all interior detail while leaving the exterior surfaces as a solid model.
- Tech-Clarity has produced another report worth reading, Close the Engineering Skills Gap, about “preparing new graduates to be real-world ready.” Especially for all you professors.
- While I have only scanned the report so far, something did catch my attention. Regarding the desired level of experience with engineering software tools, 75% of survey respondents ask that new graduates have experience with “practical applications to use software to solve problems” and 16% (the next highest category) wants “an understanding of the ‘picks and clicks’ to use the software.” Because in my mind both of those desires focus on the use of a specific piece of software I will repeat myself by saying an undergraduate engineering education is not a trade school. IMO, students shouldn’t learn how to use any particular CFD code (for example). They should learn in general how CFD codes are applied and how to use their own general engineering judgement to validate the answers. But that’s just my opinion; I could be wrong.
- NAFEMS’ online resource center includes many articles on physics, numerical methods, and other topics that are freely available – no membership required.
- Gas Compression Magazine includes a nice profile of our friends at Convergent Science. [Friends despite this “never generate a mesh again” business. Oh, wait – they’re calling it “autonomous meshing” now. I can live with that.]
- The CFD Israel blog makes predictions about CFD in 2030.
- A New Subgrid Characteristic Length for Turbulent Simulations on Anisotropic Grids
- Here’s a cool story from alert reader Alberto about a mathematical hobbyist who discovered four pentagonal tilings not included in a 1975 Scientific American article, to be confirmed only recently by a computer-assisted proof.
- Visualizing Data presents their best of the visualization web for September 2017.
Events & Jobs
- The 10th International Conference on CFD (ICCFD10) will be held 9-13 July 2018 in Barcelona. The call for papers is now open with a due date of 15 January.
- The Future CFD Technologies Workshop, to be held the weekend prior to AIAA SciTech in Orlando, has published their agenda. Registration for this event is still open.
- Unilever seeks a CFD Engineer in the UK.
- There’s still time to register for the Pointwise Meshing Technology Conference in Stuttgart on 4-5 December. Register today, come meet us, and let’s talk technically about:
- elevating linear meshes to high polynomial degree
- preparing geometry models for meshing
- learning from the 1st AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop
- understanding the benefits and drawbacks of meshing strategies on CFD results for two specific simulations
- generating structured grids
- applying hybrid meshing techniques to complex geometry
Would you pay $450,000,000 for this painting?
By now most of you have heard about the record-setting sale at auction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting Salvatore Mundi for $450,000,000 ($400,000,000 for the painting, $50,000,000 to Christie’s). We could have fun debating (?) whether or why it’s worth that much.
But more to the subject of this blog is Robert Delaunay’s Windows Open Simultaneously, shown below. This painting truly is an abstract representation of a tangible object so take a moment to ponder it before clicking the link in the caption. We could have another fun conversation about the motif of windows in painting (e.g. Diebenkorn, Scully).
I’ll just ruin it all by pointing out that the triangles in the painting certainly don’t meet the Delaunay criteria (you’d think he’d know better). Plus I’m certain that one of you is thinking that instead of Windows Open it should be Linux Open or Windows Closed.
Bonus: Alert reader Ray shared with me the Void Rug. How I’d love to have one of these in front of my desk. Alas, they’re not currently for sale.
And one last thing: Next week in the U.S. we celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday and take Friday off to recover from the celebrating. This Week in CFD will therefore be taking next week off. Happy Thanksgiving to all.