This Week in CFD

CFD Applications

  • Vision’s 100 design variations and 900 CFD simulations results in their “fastest wheel ever” for bicycles.
  • The High Performance Yacht Design Conference will include an address from Len Imas, international authority in CFD.
  • Development of nanowires is aided by use of EnSight for visualization.
  • An engineering services company doubled FEA and CFD job turnaround with NVIDIA’s Maximus.

CD-adapco Opens New Offices

CD-adapco opened new offices in Shin Osaka, Japan and Glasgow, UK. The Shin Osaka office is conveniently located near two train stations and its 3,200 square feet includes room for customer training. The Glasgow office will also be home to the University of Glasgow’s SPEED team.

New Ideas for Interacting with Software

A couple unrelated, recent news items involve some new ideas for how to interact with and control software.

  • Microsoft announced the release of Kinect for Windows and the Kinect Accelerator Program so that companies can implement Kinect-based interfaces in their products. If you click through the link you’ll see a video of a CAD/CAM system being controlled with the Kinect.
  • Maide’s CadRemote let’s you control 3D models in Rhino via your iPhone.

C&R Technologies adds Meshing to SpaceClaim

Heat transfer and fluids CAE software provider C&R Technologies and direct modeling CAD software provider SpaceClaim announced the release of a new Mesh Generation module for SpaceClaim. This is said to be the first FEA mesher built into SpaceClaim. A C&R Tech analyst is quoted as saying “Dealing with defective and inappropriately detailed CAD geometry used to be the bane of the thermal engineer…” (It’s also the bane of the CFD engineer.)

Web-based Fluid Dynamics

Kwiatek's text-based fluids

  • Web designer Nick Kwiatek implemented a modern version of ASCII art: a text-based fluids simulator.
  • Peter Blascovik (sorry for the lack of diacriticals) offers several interactive Java-based fluid simulations.

Sound + Paint = Pollock?

Photographer Martin Klimas pours paint on top of audio speakers, cranks up the volume and captures the results on film. The results, while not really Pollock-like, are very cool. Be sure to check out how the music of different artists appears.

Martin Klimas makes fluid dance to Miles Davis.

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