Creepy “Friday the 13th” Edition
News from Pointwise
- For those of you with an hour to spare, a recording of this morning’s Talking CFD Live Q&A Roundtable is available on YouTube. Yours truly was one of the panelists for a discussion that ranged from AI to democratization and everything in between. The 11 episodes of this podcast series are archived at Talking CFD.
- Desktop Engineering’s article on Notes from the Mesh-Making Frontline delves into the question of exactly how hidden meshing should be.
- On May 25th we’re hosting a Let’s Talk Meshing webcast on Localized Remeshing Strategies for Parametric Models. Please join us.
- The Call for Papers (abstracts due 01 July) and Registration (free!) are now open for the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016 (21-22 September in Fort Worth).
- Read this for the title alone: time to stop hero-worshipping the wind tunnel (from Exa).
- Validating CFD for prediction of floods.
- Video of a CFD simulation of a stove’s vent hood. [If I recall correctly, the visualization is done using EnSight.]
- Jacobs Analytics is developing a new state of the art Barbecue Smoker using ANSYS CFX Computational Fluid Dynamics. See image below. [Delicious!]
- A very complete, basic article walking-through use of SolidWorks Flow Simulation for flow through a pipe.
- CFD for oil tankers and ferries.
- Check out this video of jet engine noise simulated using CFD. [And it was computed on 1 million cores.]
- Jeff Bezos explains how CFD will prevent Blue Origin’s engine from melting. [I wonder about his thoughts on meshing.] See image below.
- ThermoAnalytics has introduced CoTherm, software that couples the company’s TAITherm with CFD codes STAR-CCM+, Fluent, and more.
- You can read about global adaptive meshing in MSC Software’s MARC.
- CAESES now supports “colored IGES and STEP formats” for closer coupling of design, meshing, and CFD software.
- Beta CAE released v16.2.0 of its software suite.
- EnSight Version 10.1.6d was launched.
Business & Events
- Concepts NREC and Numeca have agreed to combine their products offerings to the turbomachinery industry.
- ANSYS earned $225.9 million in Q1 with software license revenue up only 1% (as reported by Monica Schnitger). This includes one order in excess of $10 million.
- ESI earned revenue of €54.9 million in their Q4 with license revenue up 15%. [Thanks again, Monica.]
- Enter and you might win the Tell Us Your Moldex3DStory contest.
- The 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference will be held in Perth on 05-08 December 2016. The CFP is open with abstracts due 20 May.
- The 4th annual OpenFOAM User Conference 2016 will be held in Cologne on 11-13 October.
- The 2016 FLOW-3D Americas User Conference will be held in Chicago on 22 September.
- The Converge User Conference 2016 will be held in Madison, WI on 26-30 September. Abstracts are due 01 July and attendee registration is now open.
- The OpenVSP Workshop 2016 will be held at NASA Ames on 23-25 August.
Art and Technology
On 12 April 2016, I was fortunate to be in the audience for an hour-long discussion with Frank Stella whose retrospective is currently on display at The Modern into September. A screen capture from a video recording of that interview is shown below with Stella on the right and Michael Auping, The Modern’s chief curator, on the left.
A recent Stella work is shown in the upper left of the frame and what interested me was that it was designed in CAD and 3D printed. Part of it even has a mesh-like appearance. Stella quoted painter Willem De Kooning as saying “Painting is about flatness but where’s the volume? You have to paint the volume.” He referred to his own recent works as 3D paintings rather than sculptures.
I found that thread of commonality to be quietly thrilling. A lot of abstract painting, Stella’s included, conveys a sense of disrupting the plane of the canvas by creating depth either to draw us in or to reach out to us. For us too in CFD, we’re breaking out of the plane of our computer screens to model 3D physical systems. To know that CAD (and meshing to a degree since 3D printing likely involves an STL file at some point) is a common point of reference for both our work meant that I could probably have a quasi-intelligent conversation with him given the chance. That’s unlike conventional painting in which their process is quite elusive to me such that I could only come up with a dullard question like the typical one asked of musicians, “Do you write the music or lyrics first?”
Bonus: Even though this tongue-in-cheek article is written about sys admins, engineers in CFD should read it too. How SysAdmins Devalue Themselves