Big Things in CFD
- Mentor Graphics has appended five new ones to their list of CFD Myths. I won’t spoil the surprise for you but will cite Myth #8: Experts Are Needed To Get Accurate CFD Simulation Results. [I recommend that you download, read, and start a discussion.]
- CIMdata published their simulation and analysis market report in which they illustrate that the S&A market grew by 7.1% from 2012 to 2013 ($4 billion to $4.3 billion) and project compound annual growth of 7.7% leading to a market size of $6.2 billion in 2018. The report can be purchased here for $3,000.
- Remember the CFD 2030 Vision Study and its estimate of an exascale computer’s power requirements? In a letter to the editor of Aviation Week magazine, a reader proposes powering this machine with a dedicated, modular, nuclear reactor. [Booyah!](Registration required.)
- See how to generate a hex mesh for a cyclonic separator using Fantastic Mesh Modeler.
- Distene released MeshGems 1.3.
- An attempt to illustrate how mesh generation works.
- Hanley Innovations now offers “just-in-time pricing” for their CFD solver at $295/mo.
- Is SolidWorks Flow Simulation really the best tool for thermal analyses?
- Introducing IHFOAM 2.0 – based on OpenFOAM, intended for “coastal, offshore and hydraulic engineering processes.”
- To understand turbulence we need the intuitive perspective of art. [Factoid: Werner Heisenberg’s – Nobel prize winner for quantum mechanics – doctoral thesis was on turbulence.]
- On a related topic, FYFD‘s Nicole Sharp authored The Beautiful Unpredictability of Coffee, Clouds, and Fire.
- Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin make the case for computational mechanics (including CFD) in medicine. Coverage from Int’l Science Grid This Week and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT.
- Google’s Little Box Challenge offers a prize of $1 million if you can build a kW scale power inverter with a power density of at least 50 W per cubic inch and make it about the size of a tablet computer. You must register by 30 September 2014 and submit your design by 22 July 2015. [This obviously isn’t CFD but it is one million dollars.]
- To read about a CFD simulation of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird you’ll have to register with the Royal Society.
- Read about the evolution of data center airflow management: introduction of CFD tools.
- FEV is using CFD to reduce an engine’s CO2 emissions.
- DeWalt uses FloEFD to help keep power tools cool. See image below. [Requires registration with Mentor Graphics.]
Space versus Place – The Grid in Painting (Again)
Another artist expanding upon use of the grid in abstract painting is Bill Mazziotti. By combining the grid with his organic elements of scraping the canvas and overpainting he creates a stabilized tension.