This Week in CFD

Special “Black Friday” Edition* (i.e. No time to write meaningful headings. Hey, it’s my day off.)

The 1st Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS)

This coming January a new CAE event will take the stage: Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit. This invitation-only event brings together a who’s-who of the simulation world to “put a stake in the ground and prioritize our issues, expose hidden issues, and start the conversation that we jointly benefit by discussing.”

The event will be held on 8-9 January 2015 at the Santa Fe Institute.

[I don’t know about you but I’m very keen on learning what comes out of this. Thanks to Cyon Research and intrinSIM for creating this event.]

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CFD simulation of airflow around a crane truss. See link below for article.

CFD simulation of airflow around a crane truss. See link below for article.

  • The 10th OpenFOAM Workshop will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on 29 June – 02 July 2015.
  • Check out the NSF’s Vizzies, visualization challenge.
  • The proceedings of the 23rd International Meshing Roundtable are freely available online via Science Direct. [Sorry if I’ve repeated this yet again.]
  • Flow Science released FLOW-3D/MP v6.
  • Speaking of Flow Science, they were recently recognized for being a high-growth company and job creator.
Convergent Science applied CFD to the case of Peyton Manning's "wobbly" football passes. Click image for article.

Convergent Science applied CFD to the case of Peyton Manning’s “wobbly” football passes. Click image for article.

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  • You have until 01 December to participate in a survey on “the fundamentals allowing the engineering designer to perform computer-based design analysis on his/her own.” The survey is being conducted by Halmstad and Lund Universities in Sweden and should take only 15 minutes of your time.
  • You have a bit longer – until 31 January – to submit your entry for MSC Software’s Simulating Reality Contest.
  • Ohio Northern University‘s use of CAD and CAE in the classroom is nicely profiled by ENGINEERING.com. [Full disclosure: ONU has been a long time user of Pointwise in their CFD classrooms.]
  • NAFEMS is offering an online course in Elements of Turbulence Modeling.
Computing's family tree from 1945 to the 1960s. Bonus points if you've used any of those. Click image for full-size source.

Computing’s family tree from 1945 to the 1960s. Bonus points if you’ve used any of those. Click image for full-size source.

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All our CFD viz should be this cool.  Simulation with Realflow, video by Melt. Click image for video.

All our CFD viz should be this cool. Simulation with Realflow, video by Melt. Click image for video.

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The periodic table of finite elements. Click image for website.

The periodic table of finite elements. Click image for website.

An Infinite Grid of Light

An alert reader [Thank you, Daniel] made me aware of Numen’s N-Light Membrane, their entry in the Time Space Existence exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014.

I could stare into this all day. Go to the site and watch the videos and you’ll see why.

Numen, N-Light Membrane, 2014. Image from Dezeen magazine.

Numen, N-Light Membrane, 2014. Image from Dezeen magazine.

*Black Friday is the name given in the USA to the Friday following Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season begins with early store openings and cut-throat deals.

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