- The Metro College of Technology (Toronto) is adding CFD and FEA to the curriculum for its Mechanical Engineering Design program. [I’m guessing this is an example of what some might call “democratization.”]
- Along those same lines, Desktop Engineering’s Kenneth Wong engaged ANSYS with a simple request: get a structural engineer started with CFD in just a few minutes. Listen to and watch the results.
- Cloud computing advisory: Monica Schnitger provides valuable insight for CAE vendors thinking of offering cloud-based services. Adobe’s recent announcement that they’re changing their Creative Suite from a traditional deployment model to the cloud generated a great deal of customer angst. You have to wonder whether
- the angst was just FUD-driven and could be ameliorated with appropriate marketing or
- the angst reflects real hurdles that have to be overcome for adoption of the cloud.
- Take 10 minutes to see and hear what’s new in COMSOL 4.3b including a new CFD solver and improved sweep meshing.
- I have only now become aware of LEMMA and their CFD solver, ANANAS.
- FDS 6 (Fire Dynamics Simulator) is targeted for release by the end of May.
- tetra4D released 3D PDF Converter 4.6 for the conversion of 3D CAD data into PDF documents. [If you know of good applications of 3D PDF in the CFD business please let me know.]
- The March 2013 FieldView newsletter is out and highlights a 25:1 productivity improvement for BYU’s simulation of fans.
- Chalmers University will offer the course Applied LES, DES, and URANS for Industry on 28-30 August on Gothenburg.
- TFAWS 2013, the Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop, will be held (tentatively) on 29 Jul – 02 Aug in central Florida. The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 17 May.
- NAFEMS will launch Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) Standards at the NAFEMS World Congress (June, Salzburg). The PSE will define and track “the competencies and skills that simulation engineers should possess.” [This will definitely be something worth being aware of.]
News in Brief
- Energy services company Senergy has acquired CFD talent from Formula 1.
- CD-adapco is hiring for a number of CFD related positions including Product Manager.
- The National Institute of Health has awarded $2.4 million to Kitware for the extension of its visual toolkit VTK to medical applications.
- Mentor Graphic’s Engineering Edge newsletter (Vol. 2 Issue 1) is now available including interesting articles on FloTHERM XT and Improving 1D Data with 3D CFD. Registration required. [Caution: The online version of the newsletter is one of those faux magazine designs that drives me nuts.]
Flowing Visual Effects
Stoke MX is a visual effects plugin from for Autodesk 3ds Max from Thinkbox Software that is used in animation and movies for creating moving clouds of particles. Their latest version can do some pretty amazing stuff as this video shows. (Read more about Stoke MX on GraphicSpeak.)