This Week in CFD

Applications

Screen capture from a video showing CFD simulation of natural ventilation in a steel mill. Video by Moffitt Corp.

Screen capture from a video showing CFD simulation of natural ventilation in a steel mill. Video by Moffitt Corp.

CFD simulation of heat coming off participants in a meeting about who's mostly to blame for CFD inaccuracy. Meshing people on the left, turbulence modeling people on the right. Image from Building Design and Construction.

CFD simulation of heat coming off participants in a meeting about who’s mostly to blame for CFD inaccuracy. Meshing people on the left, turbulence modeling people on the right. Image from Building Design and Construction.

General Interest

  • NAFEMS features an in-depth profile of CFD Icon David Gosman in which we learn two things: what STAR is an acronym for and that he has never run a commercial CFD code. [The link is to a post in the LinkedIn Academic CFD Simulation group. Login required. Article in PDF.]
  • Accuracy and Checking in FEA, Part 2 – from Desktop Engineering
  • Something only mesh generators will love: After 400 years, another class of equilateral convex polyhedra (e.g. Platonic solids) has been discovered, the so-called Goldberg polyhedra.
  • ANSYS continues to be financially successful, earning $861.3 million in FY 2013. [How long until $1 billion?]
  • If you’re a student in Maryland interested in studying engineering, you have until 24 March to apply for Northrop Grumman’s Engineering Scholars competition.

Jobs and Events

Software

  • Introducing Flowsquare, free 2D CFD.
  • Dynaflow updated their 3DynaFS CFD software with improvements in bubble dynamics, cavitation and more.
  • Onshape, the folks developing what appears to be a cloud-based CAD system, have licensed Parasolid and D-Cubed from Siemens PLM.
  • On a related note, Siemens PLM released Parasolid v26.1.
  • SpaceClaim released new tools for online collaboration (Live Review) and 3D printing (STL Prep).
  • Beta CAE released ANSA and μETA v15.0.1.
  • Stanford’s SU2 is now available for the Raspberry Pi [courtesy of Pointwise’s own Travis Carrigan]. Travis’ article about the port is now the most highly read article on this blog.
  • CUDA 6 is available as a free download for parallel GPU programming.

Abstract Painting as Mesh

Daniel Hill is another artist whose abstract work reminds me a lot of mesh generation. He’s striving to “bring the power of sound into the visual experience.”

Daniel Hill, Untitled 5, 2011

Daniel Hill, Untitled 5, 2011

Bonus: What does art have to do with space travel? Plenty, in the case of the NASA Centaur Art Challenge celebrating the launch vehicle’s 50th anniversary.

This entry was posted in Applications, Events, News, Software and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s