This Week in CFD

Applications

Screen capture from a FieldView visualization of automotive aerodynamics. Video by Applied CCM. See link above.

Screen capture from a FieldView visualization of automotive aerodynamics. Video by Applied CCM. See link above.

News From Pointwise

  • Join us in Stuttgart on 16 November 2015 for a free, 1-day Let’s Talk Meshing Workshop, Pointwise Training and Product Roadmap. (Registration required)
  • The latest issue of our newsletter, The Connector, includes a trivia question that plumbs the depths of your knowledge of Pointwise. First correct answer gets a prize.
  • Our next Pointwise training course in Fort Worth will be on 20-22 October and there are still seats available.
  • PyFR and ESP users will want to upgrade to the latest release, Pointwise V17.3 R4.

Events

  • ESI’s 3rd OpenFOAM User Conference 2015 will be held later this month on 19-21 October in Stuttgart.
  • Unicorn is a finite element solver from the FEniCS project that was used to compute the turbulent flow over a landing gear (see image below).
  • Technavio cites application-specific CFD in its report predicting a 13% growth in the market through 2019. [I applaud their restraint in not predicting growth to the tenths or even hundredths of a percent.]
  • Foam-U is the Association of French Users of OpenFOAM. [Enchante!]
Beautiful screen capture from a video of a flow solution past a landing gear computed using Unicorn. See link above.

Beautiful screen capture from a video of a flow solution past a landing gear computed using Unicorn. See link above.

Software (and Hardware)

“I Could Do That”

I get that a lot for the artwork I post here. I hear that often when I slip away from a CFD conference with a couple of friends to walk the galleries of the local modern or contemporary art museum. I see eye rolls when I take folks to The Modern here in Fort Worth.

My reply to “I could do that” is always the same: “Then I wish you would.” Because to have the ability to create works that inspire a flash of thought or blush of emotion is a gift and if you have that gift you should share it.

However, in this video from PBS, a curator explains (nicely) why you probably can’t do that.

“Just as we value professions other than skilled labor, we should also value work by artists focused not just on craftsmanship but on the effective execution of good ideas.”

Or stated differently, if accurate representation (i.e. portraiture, still life) is the ultimate goal of art, why hasn’t painting been killed off by photography?

I leave you to ponder the video’s message with Mary Heilmann’s Little 9 x 9 from 1973 (source).

Mary Heilmann, Little 9 x 9, 1973

Mary Heilmann, Little 9 x 9, 1973

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