This Week in CFD

Software

  • Here’s this week’s “must click” link: WebGL-based fluid experiment. [Must have a “modern” browser and plenty of horsepower to enjoy the full experience.]
  • Maybe our friends who know particle dynamics can validate whether mosh pits are more particulate or fluid.
  • What is Caelus? [And how do you pronounce it? KAY-lus.] It’s a fork of OpenFOAM that’s been cleaned up, made easier to install, and supports Windows and Linux. [Full disclosure: The company behind Caelus includes a former Pointwise employee and the current Pointwise distributor for Australia.]
  • CD-adapco released STAR-CCM+ v9.06 with a slew of new capabilities in performance, accuracy, and preprocessing.
  • Richardson CFD (i.e. UFO-CFD) has a new website.
  • Daat Research released Coolit v.14.
  • Tech Soft 3D released HOOPS Exchange 2015 for 3D CAD data access.
  • DEVELOP3D writes about the latest release of Magics 19 for working with faceted geometry (i.e. STL).
  • CFD World wonders why OpenMDAO is open source.
  • Fast Company is a bit passive-aggressive in their praise of Vim for text editing by labeling it an ’80s text editor. [Yes, I am trying to provoke a vi/Vim vs. Emacs debate.]
There's a new release of PyFR, the open source Python framework. Image from pyfr.org. Click image for website.

There’s a new release of PyFR, the open source Python framework. Image from pyfr.org. Click image for website.

Art

Janet Echelman, Line Drawing, 2006-2007. (Image from echelman.com. See link above.)

Janet Echelman, Line Drawing, 2006-2007. (Image from echelman.com. See link above.)

Events

Applications

  • ESI’s CFD software was used as part of a fluid-structure interaction application for sun shades in Medina and Mecca.
  • The Tame Aerodynamicist shares an introduction to the finite volume method.
  • ANSYS shares a white paper on using CFD for simulating an exhaust gas recirculation cooler.
  • Stanford University students are using Pointwise, SU2, and Tecplot 360 EX to help design their solar car.
  • I seem to recall promising never to post an image of splashed paint again but… what would it look like if you put a Ferrari in a wind tunnel and sprayed it with UV paint? The image below and the ones at the link seem to be a mashup of the best-of and worst-of CFD visualizations.
Fabien Oefner, Ferrari California T. Image from PetaPixel. See link above.

Fabien Oefner, Ferrari California T. Image from PetaPixel. See link above.

People

  • Exa seeks to hire a Senior Software Engineer – CFD Software Development.
  • Congratulations to Keith Martin who’s graduating as a Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation and did CFD research.

Hardware

Congratulations to CEI for the use of EnSight to create the cover image of Nature magazine. Click image for article.

Congratulations to CEI for the use of EnSight to create the cover image of Nature magazine. Click image for article.

Sculpting via 3D Printing

Artist Moto Waganari wants to create something tangible yet virtual, something solid yet transparent, something that couldn’t be made by hand. His 3D printed sculptures of wireframe humans and other objects are the result. Check out the link for more images and a video.

Moto Waganari, 3D printed sculpture. Image from Visual News.

Moto Waganari, 3D printed sculpture. Image from Visual News.

This reminds me that we at Pointwise need to finalize and release the 3D printing plugin that lets you print your mesh.

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