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.
- Wolfram’s CDF website
- Dr. Sculptor’s Adjoint Optimization Featuring Sculptor and FUN3D, 10 Aug 2011
- NAFEMS’ Practical Introduction to CFD, 07 Sep 2011
- Toward Personalized Nasal Surgery using CFD
- CFD study shows that fabric HVAC ducting is 24.5% more efficient than metal ducts
- CFD helps design electric car that can go 400 mph
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 Snopes.com 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.