This Week in CFD

News

  • UFO-CFD now has a YouTube channel.
  • Dear NASA: No more rainbow color scales, please. [This article on visual.ly is a couple of years old but the topic came up this week again during a Twitter convo so I thought revisiting the issue was a good idea.]
  • Beta CAE will be providing a dedicated pre- and post-processing environment for Moldex3D.
  • Kitware has several job openings including visualization software developer and GUI software developer.
  • Predicted: GE to buy PTC. Discuss.

Software

Coastal breakwater simulation by FLOW-3D with visualization by FlowSight. Image from Flow Science.

Coastal breakwater simulation by FLOW-3D with visualization by FlowSight. Image from Flow Science.

  • Flow Science announced the release of FLOW-3D Version 11 including the new FlowSight postprocessor that’s based on EnSight.
  • DEVELOP3D takes a look at ANSYS Workbench 15 and how the company is working to consolidate a variety of simulation technology into a single platform.
  • CD-adapco announced the integration of STAR-CCM+ and SPEED for motor design.
  • Fire Dynamics Simulator FDS 6.1.0 was released (see the release notes).

Applications

CFD software from the DoD's CREATE program was used to model this turbofan. Image from science.dodlive.mil.

CFD software from the DoD’s CREATE program was used to model this turbofan. Image from science.dodlive.mil.

Events

The aerodynamics of the front end of the McLaren MP4-29 are studied using STAR-CCM+. Image from The Answer is 27. Click image for aticle.

The aerodynamics of the front end of the McLaren MP4-29 are studied using STAR-CCM+. Image from The Answer is 27. Click image for article.

Another Way a Grid Could Save Your Life

I know many CFDers who are cyclists, from the leisurely weekend nature rider to the hardcore racer. Riding at night can be dangerous when the terrain is uncertain. Lumigrids to the rescue. This handlebar mounted light projects a grid onto the road surface in front of you. Obstructions like potholes and curbs are revealed as warps in the projected grid.

Hidden obstructions in the road are revealed by Lumigrids. Image from Gizmag.

Hidden obstructions in the road are revealed by Lumigrids. Image from Gizmag.

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