This Week in CFD

CFD Market Forecasted to Grow 16.5%

Infiniti Research forecasts that the worldwide CFD market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 16.5% from 2010 to 2014.  The introduction to their report also indicates that the growing usage of open source CFD tools could potentially lower that growth rate.  (Note: I do not know anything about this research firm or the “industry experts” who prepared the report.)

Reaction Design Recognized for FORTE CFD

Reaction Design was awarded the Automotive Engineering Institute’s Tech Award for its FORTE CFD software, used for modeling fuel effects in internal combustion engines.  The award was presented at the 2011 SAE World Congress and recognizes the most innovative products displayed at the conference.

Pointwise Adds Distributor for Oceana

Pointwise announced that Wikki Australia will distribute the company’s CFD meshing software in Australia and New Zealand.

Tecplot RS 2011 Released

Tecplot announced the release of Tecplot RS 2011, the company’s visualization and analysis software for reservoir simulation in the petroleum exploration industry.  This latest release features a unified work environment for all major reservoir simulation software.

Wolfram’s Computable Document Format

Wolfram Research announced the availability of the Computable Document Format (CDF), what they call “a computation-powered knowledge container.”  Similar to how Adobe added interactive 3D geometry to PDF, CDF appears to add interactive computation to documents.  Watch the brief video and think about how this might change your CFD reporting.

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Instead of Printing Your Boarding Pass, Print Your Aircraft

3D printing (or additive manufacturing as it’s more formally known) has been in the news a lot recently, so much so that rumor-debunking site posted an article declaring 3D printing to be TRUE (or as politicians say, a “true fact”).

A team of researchers at the University of Southampton have succeeded in flying an aircraft (6 foot wingspan, 100 mph top speed) that was manufactured entirely using a 3D printing process called laser sintering.

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2 Responses to This Week in CFD

  1. Rich Smith says:


    For more on Infiniti Research’s "Industry Experts" I think you need look no further than LinkedIn. After a little digging I found an uncanny resemblance of this "Global CFD Market 2010-2014" report (based on its title and summary at least) to a question and subsequent discussion in the LinkedIn group Computational Fluid Dynamics.

    On the topic of open source CFD tools having the potential to lower the CFD market growth rate I think this pure conjecture. If anything I see the opposite, i.e., open source CFD (e.g., OpenFOAM) is opening new markets in consultancy and expanding the market for support software, such as Pointwise. I suppose it all depends on how narrowly you define the CFD market…

    Keep up the great coverage of CFD.

  2. John Chawner says:


    Thanks for the comment. So I guess you’re saying we should take the 16.5% growth rate with a grain of salt?

    I don’t believe that CFD is a zero-sum game – that one more OpenFOAM user means one less Fluent user, for example. OpenFOAM removes one barrier to entry (price), creates a new CFD user, and creates opportunities for sales of related software and services. That CFD user may in the future take their expertise to a new, commercial product thereby adding to the marketplace.

    Does anyone else have an opinion on open source CFD’s place in the market theyd’ like to share? Or does anyone have a growth prediction other than 16.5%?

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