This Week in CFD

Lucky Friday the 13th Edition

Contests, Competitions, and Awards

The winner of CD-adapco's 2016 Calendar Contest. Image from CD-adapco. See link above.

The winner of CD-adapco’s 2016 Calendar Competition. Image from CD-adapco. See link above.

Software

  • CEI released EnSight 10.1.6(a) including primarily bug fixes but also some new features.
  • Daat Research released Coolit v15.
  • Onshape asks six rhetorical questions that assess whether you’re ready for full-cloud [First reference to degrees of cloud I’ve run across. Partly cloudy?] CAD. “#2 Do I need an affordable alternative to desktop CAD’s many expenses?”
  • NUMECA’s FINE CFD suite is now available in the cloud via UberCloud’s application software containers.
  • Flow Science released FLOW-3D v11.1 with a plethora of new features including active simulation control. There will be a webinar on 19 November to explain it all.
  • EvoluteTools T.MAP beta, a mesh parametrization plugin for Rhino, is now available and includes the ability to make quad, tri, and texture-mapped, curvature aligned meshes (see image below).
  • CD-adapco released DARS v2.12 for chemistry-based combustion.
  • ParaView 5.0.0-RC1 is now available for you to download and use for your CFD visualizations. This new release several rendering improvement including an alpha implementation of a ray tracing package (see image below).
  • IronCAD introduced MPIC, an integrated multi-physics simulation package.
  • Get a sneak peek at what’s coming in SpaceClaim 2016.
Screen shot of  OSPray ray-tracing in the latest release of ParaView. Image from Kitware. See link above.

Screen shot of OSPray ray-tracing in the latest release of ParaView. Image from Kitware. See link above.

Pointwise News

  • You can download Tessa Uroic’s winning entry from Pointwise’s Wallpaper Contest for decorating your computer.
  • We’re going to be in Stuttgart next week hosting our first Let’s Talk Meshing Workshop at the University of Stuttgart. And you have a couple of hours left before registration closes.
  • The next issue of our The Connector newsletter is due to be published next week. Stay tuned.

Applications

ANSYS CFD simulation of lithium-ion batteries. Image from ANSYS. Click image for article.

ANSYS CFD simulation of lithium-ion batteries. Image from ANSYS. Click image for article.

  • ENGINEERING.com has a nice overview of meshing and other features of Altair’s SimLab 14.
  • Take 11 minutes to watch A Universe of Triangles.
  • Our friends at ANSYS continue to grow in terms of revenue as reported by Monica Schnitger. In Q3, the company’s software garnered $140 million (flat year/year) while service and maintenance brought in $98 million. For 2016 the company looks to be breaking through the $1 billion ceiling, a forecast growth of 9%.
  • COMSOL shares info about swept meshes.
  • SolidNotes shares info about mesh refinement in SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2016.
  • PDFs and video content from this past June’s FUN3D workshop are available for download.

Software, Part 2

A mesh from the EvoluteTools T.MAP beta plugin for Rhino. Image from Evolute. See link above.

A mesh from the EvoluteTools T.MAP beta plugin for Rhino. Image from Evolute. See link above.

Events

The Grid and the Unaided Eye

Artist Mark Francis’ paintings are motivated by revelatory images from modern science; both microscopic and astronomic. In other words, things the unaided human eye cannot see.  In doing so, he creates visual landscapes that allow us to explore pattern and rhythm in a way that touches both on abstract painting’s history and science’s future.

Mark Francis, ECLIPSE-II, 2009

Mark Francis, ECLIPSE-II, 2009

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