This Week in CFD

The Big Picture

  • ENGINEERING.com presents their summary of the recent Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS) which includes
    • The desire to leverage simulation in the pre-CAD stage of design.
    • The vendor community’s need to conduct long-term research but yet the trouble they have in justifying the long-term expense.
    • The difficulty of keeping up with the latest advances in computing technology.
  • TechNavio’s forecast for the CFD market (18.23% CAGR through 2019) implies that the market will see significant moves toward cloud-based and CAD-integrated CFD tools.
  • Speaking of CAD-integrated CFD, the nice folks at Siemens PLM share the top 5 simulation issues addressed by NX CFD. #3 Analysis and simulation before CAD. [Sound familiar?]
NX simulation results. Image from Siemens PLM.

NX simulation results. Image from Siemens PLM.

Computing

  • Slides and video from the recent NIA CFD seminar on “Towards Aerospace Design in the Age of Extreme-Scale Supercomputing” are now available online.
  • NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer has been upgraded and should be able to achieve 5.35 petaflops on its 210,000 cores and 719 TB of memory. Prior to this upgrade, Pleiades was ranked 11th on the list of the world’s fastest computers.
  • Cloud computing provider UberCloud announced the availability of ready-to-use packages for ANSYS Fluent, ANSYS CFX, CD-adapco STAR-CCM+, and OpenFOAM.

Events

  • The call for abstracts is open through 17 April for the 15th FLOW-3D European Users Conference to be held 2-3 June in Nice, France.
  • Baseball and CFD fans unite: the keynote speaker at March’s STAR Global Conference will be the man behind “Moneyball” speaking on “new approaches to stagnant systems.”
  • Keynote speakers for the NAFEMS World Congress include representatives from BMW, Old Dominion University, MIT, Volvo, and Continental.

Applications

Screen capture from a video about Autodesk Fusion 360. See link below.

Screen capture from a video about Autodesk Fusion 360. See link below.

Jobs

Software

ANSYS 16.0 was released with major improvements and new capabilities for CFD. Image from ANSYS. Click images for article.

ANSYS 16.0 was released with major improvements and new capabilities for CFD. Image from ANSYS. Click images for article.

  • ANSYS 16.0 was released. [In the image above, exactly what the heck are they cooking on that stove?]
  • ParaView 4.3.1 has been released with many new features and a completely revamped user’s guide document.
  • Applied Math Modeling released CoolSim 4.4 for data center cooling.
  • OpenVSP 3.0.3 was released. This release is primarily a bug-fix version of the parametric aircraft geometry software.
  • New to me: ZephyCFD, open source software for wind energy.
  • C3D Labs released version 16 of their geometry kernel.

Reading

Open the Door to Meshing

If you ignore my poor attempt at a provocative section heading, you’ll be open to the faceted wonder that is kinetic artist Klemens Torggler’s Evolution Door. The door consists of two quad panels that are diagonalized. With just the lightest touch the door transforms to open or close the path to the next room. See the artist’s website for more information but you must absolutely watch this video of the door in action. Soon my office will be too full of faceted objet d’art.

The Evolution Door by Klemens Torggler. Image from LorenzLammens.com.

The Evolution Door by Klemens Torggler. Image from LorenzLammens.com.

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