This Week in CFD

Pointwise User Group Meeting 2014

The Pointwise User Group Meeting 2014 will soon be here – 29-30 October in Anaheim, California. To celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary the event is free – but you still have to register, please.

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What’s in it for you?

  • An OpenFOAM Master Class on Monday 27 October conducted by Applied CCM.
  • A full day of seminars on the latest and greatest Pointwise capabilities including a preview of the new overset grid assembly feature suite and the special short course –  chosen by you – on advanced structured grid generation.
  • A full day of presentations on applied CFD and meshing from experts around the globe.
  • Previews of what the future holds for Pointwise mesh generation.

Won’t you join us? Register today.

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And now, one long list.

  • Learn more about EnSight with this slide deck from CEI China.
  • Kitware champions open source in the context of a recent DoE report on high performance computing.
  • FEA for All blogged about Midas NFX for simulation of structures and fluids and claims it’s the “first online FEA.” [Is this correct?]
  • NAFEMS is conducting a survey on the use of computer based design analysis tools. You have until 31 October to participate.
  • Motorsport team Prodrive has chosen Altair’s AcuSolve for their CFD simulations.
  • ParaView 4.2 is now available and includes over 200 resolved issues.
  • Is D-Wave‘s quantum computer the next big thing?
Computational simulation helped explain why there are so many spiral galaxies. Click image for article.

Computational simulation helped explain why there are so many spiral galaxies. Click image for article.

This mesh is from a profile of "CFD icon" David Gosman in HPC Today. Click image for article. Registration required.

This mesh is from a profile of “CFD icon” David Gosman in HPC Today. Click image for article. Registration required.

  • MSC Software announced MSC Apex, a “computational parts based CAE system.”
    • Monica Schnitger writes “pre/solve/post may be a thing of the past.”
    • Design World: “direct modeling and meshing engine may accelerate the CAD-to-mesh process by a factor up to 50X.”
    • DEVELOP3D: “inclined to agree” this is a major breakthrough.
  • Stanford is hosting a symposium entitled “Mathematics, Computing & Design – Where Analysis and Creativity Combine” to celebrate Antony Jameson’s 80th birthday. [I simply wonder whether I’ll be alive at age 80. To also be working at a high level like Jameson at that age would be too much to ask. Hell, to be that productive now would be a miracle for me.]
  • For you visual learners, here’s a video about cubic Bezier curves.
  • CFD will be used to study offshore C02 pipelines.
  • Siemens PLM announced NX 10.
  • Flow Science has made available the proceedings of their 2014 FLOW-3D Americas Users Conference. (Registration required.)
Screen capture of a video showing simulation of a car fire in a parking garage performed using FLOW-3D. Click image for video.

Screen capture of a video showing simulation of a car fire in a parking garage performed using FLOW-3D. Click image for video.

Embroider a Mesh on Your Notebook

Etsy seller Fabulous Cat Papers is offering notebooks hand-embroidered with meshes (and other designs).  You’ll be the envy of the office or classroom with one of these.

A mesh embroidered on a notebook cover from Fabulous Cat Papers. As original seen on This is Colossal.

A mesh embroidered on a notebook cover from Fabulous Cat Papers. As original seen on This is Colossal.

P.S. Please pardon the relative lack of posts in general and the rough formatting of this post in particular. It’s been a hella week, as the kids say.

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3 Responses to This Week in CFD

  1. cyprienrusu says:

    Thank you for mentioning midas NFX ! Actually the exact words are “First Online FEA Experience”… which means that we created some interactive FEA tutorials about structural, optimization, thermal and CFD analysis to experience FEA online directly on our website http://www.midasNFX.com without installing any software.

  2. cyprienrusu says:

    Reblogged this on FEA for all and commented:
    Today midas NFX and the interactive FEA experience have been mentioned on the blog pointwise !

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