This Week in CFD

Applications

  • Boeing’s CFD software helped Callaway Golf produce a tournament winning driver.
  • CFD software for designing sailboats.
  • Do you think like a simulation engineer? Read about six rules for focusing your thinking.
  • Here’s a very cool article about shrink-wrapping and meshing an aorta with geometry from an STL file using ANSYS. Don’t skip the video. (See image below).
  • Univa’s Grid Engine provides the HPC resource that powers CFD for Formula-1.
  • Read about varying the shape of a fuel injector in CAESES.
Defeatured geometry (left) and tet mesh (right) created in ANSYS. Image from Leap CFD blog. See link above.

Defeatured geometry (left) and tet mesh (right) created in ANSYS. Image from Leap CFD blog. See link above.

Computing

  • Remember last summer’s announcement of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, the presidential directive aimed at exascale computing? A discussion about NSCI – or more accurately the lack of apparent progress on it – at the recent HPC User Forum began with a “It’s all BS.” and included commentary on the issue of what NCSI success would look like. See also the discussion of the “ISV problem.”
  • On a related note, the report The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness advocates for NSCI.

News from Pointwise

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  • The Call for Papers (due 01 July) and Attendee Registration (no cost!) are open for the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016, 21-22 September in Fort Worth.
  • We will be exhibiting and presentation two papers at AIAA Aviation in Washington, DC in June.
    • “Geometry, Mesh Generation, and the CFD 2030 Vision” by John Chawner et al
    • “High Order Mesh Curving Using WCN Mesh Optimization” by Steve Karman et al
  • Pointwise is sponsoring the 1st CFD Congress of Brazil.
  • The next issue of our bi-monthly email newsletter, The Connector, will be published next month so now is the time to subscribe.

Software

An example of postprocessing a simulation using ParaView inside Salome. Image from Kitware. Click image for article.

An example of postprocessing a simulation using ParaView inside SALOME. Image from Kitware. Click image for article.

  • Tecplot 360 EX 2016 Release 2 includes updated data loaders and support for the 3D SpaceMouse.
  • Convergent Science is making good use of Polygonica’s geometry libraries.
  • Beta CAE released v16.1.2 (a maintenance release) of their software suite.
  • Part 4 of a series on meshing in SolidWorks Flow Simulation.
  • Applied CCM released Caelus v6.04. This fork of OpenFOAM includes many new interpolation schemes and a publicly available source code repository for collaboration.
  • I don’t recall ever seeing a video trailer for CFD software before, but here’s one for the upcoming release of SolidWorks Flow Simulation.
  • The Linux version of meshCurve (for elevating the polynomial degree of meshes) is now available.
  • CAESES 4.1 was released.
  • Kubotek launced KCM, their geometry kernel.

Quizzes, Contests, Surveys, and Awards

Close-up of Nick Ervinck's 3D printed sculpture, Wolfram. Image from DEVELOP3D. See link below.

Close-up of Nick Ervinck’s 3D printed sculpture, Wolfram. Image from DEVELOP3D. See link below.

  • It’s amazing what you can 3D print these days as exemplified by Nick Ervinck’s sculpture Wolfram, produced on the new Stratasys J750 with support for 360,000 colors as reported by DEVELOP3D.
  • Speaking of 3D printing, Stratasys and Desktop Engineering are offering a prize of $1,000 for one participant in their 3D printing quiz.
  • Speaking of quizes and surveys, Lifecycle Insights is conducting their 2016 Simulation and Analysis Study focusing on practices and technologies used for simulation. [I strongly recommend all users of simulation share their thoughts and participate in this survey.]
  • KOMPAS-3D users will want to participate in Ascon’s 3D Modeling Contest.
  • Kitware was recognized as a Top Workplace.

Grab Bag

I just really like this image from an Actran acoustic simulation. Image from MSC. Click image for article.

I just really like this image from an Actran acoustic simulation. Image from MSC. Click image for article.

Whale of a Winner

I think you’ll agree that UVA student Yan Ren’s visualization of killer whale kinematics and wake is a worthy winner of Tecplot’s 2016 Plot Contest.

3D kinematics and unsteady wake structure of a fast swimming killer whale by Yan Ren. Image from Tecplot. See link above.

3D kinematics and unsteady wake structure of a fast swimming killer whale by Yan Ren. Image from Tecplot. See link above.

Bonus: MIT students make a sculpture out of water.

P.S. I hope you like this “husky” version of This Week in CFD because we’re going to skip next week and publish next on 13 May. And there’s something else interesting on the calendar for that day – besides being Friday the 13th – that we’ll say more about later.

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