- What is an unexpected place to find scientific visualization? Here’s EnSight in Jeopardy’s Daily Double. [Go to 1:39]
- Here’s a video demonstration of applying Midas NFX CFD to an external flow problem. [1-hour recorded webinar. Includes intro to their product line.]
- For those interested in efficient evaluation of B-Spline surfaces, Intel documents their work with OpenCASCADE here.
- Here are some time-saving tips for STAR-CCM+ v9.04.
- In the same vein, here’s a tip for SolidWorks Flow Simulation.
- Registration is open for the 8-week online class Fundamentals of the Particle in Cell Method.
- Over on Slideshare you’ll find CFD: Modern Applications, Challenges and Future Trends. [See slide 8 for a provocative value judgement. Phew – meshing not cited as a contemporary challenge. Boo – “mesh-free methods” cited as a future trend.]
- The Virtual Engineer summarizes the recent NAFEMS Americas 2014 event and came away with three trends.
- System Simulation
- Knowledge Capture – Lack of expertise leads to low/poor adoption of simulation. [See here for more on this.]
- Rethinking the Problem
Because my first “real” job was doing computational work related to wind tunnel testing (running a method of characteristics code for models to be put in NASA Glenn’s 10×10 supersonic tunnel) I still have fondness for these test facilities. The photo below, taken from FYFD, captures the scale of some of the test infrastructure we’ve lost; specifically, AEDC’s supersonic tunnel.
Software & Business
- SCIRun, an environment for modeling and simulation, now includes biomedical components.
- Exa had a good first quarter with revenue of $13.8 million (85% licensing, 15% projects) for a 10% increase year-over-year. [Reminder: I’m interested in Exa’s business performance because they are the only all-CFD, publicly traded company that I’m aware of.]
- Siemens PLM Software has released NX 9.0.2.
- This is interesting. Graebert announced that they’re working on a DWG CAD editor (not just a viewer) for Android tablets. Actually, the really interesting part is buried in the promise of a “new tablet-specific user interface.”
- Materialise’s 3-matic has joined Altair’s Partner Alliance.
- The CAD Insider writes briefly about CONVERGE CFD.
- The Texas Advanced Computing Center‘s 13th anniversary is celebrated in this infographic.
The Strong and the Lonely
Jonty Hurwitz works at the intersection of science and art. I believe from the title of his painting The Strong and the Lonely that he really understands mesh generation.
He shared with me a few thoughts on the difference between meshes for art and meshes for science and I’ve paraphrased them below.
- A mesh for art needs to touch on a deeper meaning than just the mesh itself. It is the responsibility of the artist to attribute this meaning and convey it. In a way, the engineering “market” is easy, it’s about making something that resonates with a wider group.
- A mesh for art needs to evoke some kind of emotional reaction (other than boredom). [My god, he really does get meshing.]
- A mesh for art needs to challenge the norm in some way, push the boundaries beyond the way engineers see it.