This Week in CFD

News & Events

  • If you recall last summer’s announcement of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, you might be interested to know that it is now appearing in the federal budget. An alphabet soup of federal government agencies are involved but DoE and NSF are budgeting $285 million and $33 million, respectively.
  • The keynote speaker for this year’s CD-adapco STAR Global Conference is Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of Land Rover and former CEO of McLaren F1.
  • Registration is open for DEVELOP3D Live, a 1-day event on design and manufacturing technology, to be held 31 March in Warwick, UK.

Gerald Farin

The world of geometry modeling and computer graphics lost a pioneer and leader earlier this month with the passing of Gerald Farin, author of perhaps the principle text on geometry modeling, Curves and Surfaces for Computed Aided Geometric Design (CAGD).

Software

AVL FIRE M. Image (c) AVL. See link above.

AVL FIRE M. Image (c) AVL. See link below.

  • DEVELOP3D reviewed SimScale’s cloud-based CFD and FEA platform, designed to target the issues of “cost and access to computational resources.”  Their freemium pricing model offers 3,000 compute hours for free as long as all your simulations are public.
  • CONSELF (CONsulting by yourSELF) also offers a free Welcome plan for cloud-based CFD.
  • And DEVELOP3D took a step back and wrote about how cloud-based simulation tools could and should behave. [Worth reading.]
  • Speaking of SimScale, they seek your participation in a survey on “Industry 4.0” and it’s impact on the engineering community. Should take 5-10 minutes and you might win a prize.
  • Symscape shows how co-processing can help you monitor progress of your CFD solution.
  • KARALIT CFD v4.0 was released with new time dependent BCs, a k-epsilon turbulence model, and new licensing options.
  • AVL List GmbH launched AVL FIRE M, a new CFD platform with improvements across the board. [I haven’t seen news about FIRE in a long time. This is a good thing.]
CFD solution computed using CD-adapco software by Nissan Motorsport. Image from Professional Motor Sport World. See link below.

CFD solution computed using CD-adapco software by Nissan Motorsport. Image from Professional Motor Sport World. See link below.

Applications & Visualization

Meshing Greatness

Who says meshing is dull? The new video for Greatness by Karma Fields featuring Talib Kweli is chock full of Voronoi polygons, Dirichlet tessellations, and overall faceted goodness. The video is rated mature for [one particular line in the] lyrics so it’s probably NSFW. Watch at your own risk.

Screen capture from the video Greatness by Karma Fields ft. Talib Kweli. See link above.

Screen capture from the video Greatness by Karma Fields ft. Talib Kweli. See link above.

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