- Read a case study from Optimus on the use of CFD that demonstrated how patient-specific stents improve blood flow characteristics by 20% over generic stents. [registration required]
- Improving the performance of centrifugal pumps with CFD.
News in Brief
- Watch this 5 minute video about basic meshing in COMSOL.
- Here’s the best of the visualization web for March 2013.
- Over on the NAFEMS blog CFD is labelled as “immature.” Do you agree?
- [In what might be the smallest infographic ever made,] it is said that use of parallel computing allowed Boeing to reduce the number of physical wing prototypes by a factor of 11 from the 1980s to today.
- Over on the Kitware blog the topic of reproducibility and competence in computational science is discussed.
- The Spring 2013 issue of the Flow Science Newsletter has been published.
- ANSYS brought in just shy of $200 million in 2013 Q1.
On CAD File Formats
The GrabCAD blog provides an introduction to CAD file formats which is worth reading. The article delves a bit into the issue of “precise versus tessellated” formats – in other words, analytic NURBS surfaces versus triangular facets. I found two things to be notable.
First, the article says that most CAD systems store the triangles used to display geometry in their native file. Pointwise does not – we generate that information as needed. We only store the geometry’s native representation in our file.
And that leads to the second notable point. It’s important to remember that there are two issues here: the native format of the geometry and how it’s displayed. In Pointwise, all geometry is displayed on screen as facets. The facets for NURBS are the result of a triangulation (based on various user-tunable parameters) but the facets for a tessellated geometry (e.g. imported from STL) are the actual triangles in the STL file. In other words, the display object for a faceted geometry format is the object itself whereas the display object for a NURBS is a distinct object that’s disposable.
The native format of the geometry also affects how it’s evaluated when it’s time to use it (i.e. to project grid points on it). A NURBS is evaluated precisely using Pointwise’s geometry kernel (see the interview on Another Fine Mesh with J.P. Abelanet) at the desired, precise parametric (u,v) coordinate. On the other hand, a faceted geometry is evaluated on its planar facets (i.e. the faceting is preserved). This is why using a faceted geometry with sufficient resolution of high curvature regions relative to your desire mesh size is so important. (See the article from The Connector about analytic versus discrete geometry.) Other folks have written tools for converting a faceted geometry to a smooth NURBS but we don’t do that – yet.
- Intelligent Light will be participating in the annual conference of the CFD Society of Canada next week.
- The DEVELOP3D blog has a detailed summary of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference.
Getting Youth Involved in STEM
People are flummoxed by the lack of interest shown by today’s kids in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Here’s a way to use the gross-out factor to get adolescents’ attention.
- What pre-teen wouldn’t get excited about a test rig for airplane toilets?
- Certainly bugs and their guts have a certain teenage appeal, especially when they’re blasted onto a wing’s leading edge.
- And who can deny the appeal of the chicken gun for testing aircraft canopies? [no URL]
Bunny Bubble Bath
Bunny Bubble Bath is a funny sub-title in Miles Macklin‘s video demonstration of what he calls Position Based Fluids. He’ll be presenting this work at SIGGRAPH 2013 and the results are impressive. At the link you’ll find videos and another link to his project page where his paper and videos can be downloaded.
Here’s a chicken gun video, courtesy of MythBusters, another good source for getting kids interested in STEM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCQ2oZtVNpg
Bonus, they also answer the question of whether it is better to use fresh or frozen chickens.