Tecplot Released Tecplot Chorus 2012
Tecplot announced the release of Tecplot Chorus 2012, the latest version of their new product for simulation analytics. This second release of their new product includes improved project setup, better data management tools, macros for data extraction, and a wider range of tools for creating reports. Tecplot Chorus is designed to bring together multiple CFD simulations for easy and rapid comparison including identification of trends, outliers, and missing bits.
Also, Tecplot is hosting a webinar on Analysis of Exploratory CFD Data Using Tecplot Chorus on Tuesday 28 February. During the webinar they will show how Tecplot Chorus can be used to analyze and compare CFD results from the AIAA’s High Lift Prediction Workshop.
- Registration page for Tecplot’s webinar
How to Lose Races with CFD
That’s the title of a blog post by Evan Yares which is topical because of an ongoing exchange of comments on another post here about the barriers to wider adoption of CFD. Quoting from the article “While the big lesson here, for engineers, is that CFD isn’t a panacea, there’s a more subtle lesson: you need to help managers to understand the capabilities, and limitations, of advanced technologies such as CFD.”
- Yares’ blog post
Altair Released AcuSolve V1.8b
Altair Engineering announced the latest release of their AcuSolve CFD software. Version 1.8b includes AcuFieldView, an OEM version of Intelligent Light’s FieldView CFD postprocessor. The new software also includes edge-based surface mesh extrusions and improved parallelization that can reduce preprocessing time by a factor of 15.
Also from Altair, Dr. Farzin Shakib completes his three-part video series on CFD with a discussion of AcuSolve’s speed and robustness for solving complex CFD problems.
- Altair’s video CFD FAQ Part 3
- CFD helps make container ships more environmentally friendly.
- Not strictly a CFD application – Interference is an online Java applet that simulates a ripple tank with controls for interacting with the simulation.
- SGI’s ICE supercomputer set performance records on a SPEC benchmark.
- Up your nose with CFD – researchers use CFD to aid nasal drug delivery. (with apologies to Vinnie Barbarino)
- ANSYS made a lot of money in 2011 – $691.4 million to be exact. More importantly, their prediction for 2012 is up to $826.6 million, a year-to-year increase of nearly 20%.
OpenFOAM Training in Australia
Wikki Australia announced the scheduling of three OpenFOAM training courses, two introductory and one advanced. The courses will be taught by Wikki Australia’s Dr. Darrin Stephens and Wikki’s Dr. Hrvoje Jasak. Topics covered will include use of OpenFOAM as a CFD solver, an overview of the OpenFOAM library, and OpenFOAM in use.
- Introductory course, Perth, 20-21 March
- Introductory course, Melbourne, 26-27 March
- Advanced course, Melbourne, 29-30 March
- Course descriptions and registration information at Wikki Australia
- Varian Semiconductor Equipment seeks a Principle Mechanical Engineer/CFD Analyst in Gloucester.
- EXA is seeking a Principle Software Engineering – Physics – CFD in Boston.
- Calsonic Kansei North America is seeking a CAE Engineer – CFD in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
- NASA Ames Research Center is seeking a Research Aerospace Engineer to do CFD and related tasks in Santa Clara County, California.
- An unspecified company is seeking a CAE Project and PreSales Engineer with CFD experience in Chicago.
- HR Wallingford is seeking a CFD Modeller in Oxford, UK.
Shark Skin Reduces Drag and Increases Thrust
A soon to be published study from Harvard University shows that ridges, called denticles, on a shark’s skin not only reduce drag but increase forward speed by 12%. Biomechanics researcher Frank Fish (not making that up) says test like the ones in the study haven’t been run before. Because sharks move so efficiently through water, understanding denticles can lead to the development of coatings for water turbines and other devices.
- article in Science News
Fluid Simulation with Turing Patterns
You can do some interesting things in a web browser these days. I’ll just quote from the author: “This is a 2D GPU fluid simulation on a 512×256 pixels texture buffer mixed with another 1024×512 texture feedback loop for the Reaction-Diffusion “Turing Pattern” skin dot synthesis simulation.” Just start it running and use your mouse to stir things up. (Requires WebGL. Worked for me in Firefox, worked better in Chrome.)
- Fluid Simulation using WebGL