This Week in CFD

Software

  • CEI released EnSight 10.1.2b, a maintenance release of their CFD visualization and postprocessing software.
  • In another preview of STAR-CCM+ v10.02, CD-adapco shares a video about the software’s ability to capture wakes. See image below.
  • Beta CAE released ANSA v15.2.3, a maintenance release.
  • ITI TranscenData released CADfix v10.
  • GrabCAD has made their CAD collaboration tool, Workbench, available to everyone for free.

Applications

  • CFD is being used to study how pitch plane variations of a floating offshore wind turbine effect power output. See image below.
  • Here’s a brief write-up of NASA’s use of Exa’s PowerFLOW for studying aircraft noise.
  • You might have asked yourself when it would be a good time to outsource your CFD. Here’s a list including #4 Partnering to Get Advice from Domain Experts.
Blade vortices off a horizontal axis wind turbine. Image from Wind Power Engineering. See link above.

Blade vortices off a horizontal axis wind turbine. Image from Wind Power Engineering. See link above.

Computers & CAD

  • Have a need for a million core hours of computing time? Enter Charity Engine’s contest and you might be one of three lucky folks who win that prize. Terms and conditions include:
    • Must use open source software
    • Application must be “ethically sound”
    • Use up to 50,000 nodes
    • 48 hour to 30 month usage window
  • Also on the topic of big computers, NCSA is making their supercomputers available for CFD use.
  • WorldCAD Access shares news about the rise of Linux for CAD software. [I think 40-50% of our installed based for mesh generation is Linux.]
  • If you take a survey on CAD virtualization you’ll get a copy of the final report of the results.
Screen capture from a video preview of STAR-CCM+ v10.02. See link above.

Screen capture from a video preview of STAR-CCM+ v10.02. See link above.

Events & Jobs

  • Siemens PLM is bringing the Femap Symposium Series 2015 to a town [hopefully] near you from San Diego to Chantilly.
  • The SIAM Conference on Geometric and Physical Modeling will be held 12-14 October 2015 in Salt Lake City.
  • At this summer’s AIAA Aviation in Dallas there will be a workshop on the FUN3D CFD code.
  • While not strictly a CFD job, Syracuse University [my alma mater] seeks a Professor of Practice for the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Dot Line Wave

Alert reader Daniel Bruno fed my fascination with faceted art by sharing a link to Dot Line Wave, an animated GIF that you can’t stop watching.

Maybe he wants me to write a script for Pointwise that will reproduce this.

Dot Line Wave as seen on Bees & Bombs. Click image for link.

Dot Line Wave as seen on Bees & Bombs. Click image for link.

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