This Week in CFD

Software

  • If you’re in CFD you’ve probably done some programming. Therefore, you might be interested in NASA’s rules for safety critical code. #6 No function should be longer than what you can print on a single sheet of paper (about 60 lines).
  • OpenVSP 3.7.0, the parametric aircraft geometry tool, was released.
  • Desktop Engineering wrote about the release of COMSOL Multiphysics 5.2a.
  • Siemens PLM introduced Simcenter 3D and brings CD-adapco’s and other software into an integrated PLM environment.
  • ParaView 5.1.0 was released with built-in ray tracing, point cloud interpolation, and more.
  • Beta CAE released v16.1.3 of its software suite.
  • Fluidity is an open-source CFD code with adaptive unstructured mesh capability.
  • TransMagic release 12 includes several new features including a polygon reduction tool. [Be sure to watch the video.]
This nice mesh image is from an article about defining non-uniform properties (e.g. material properties) using Fields in Patran. Image from MSC. Click image for article.

This nice mesh image is from an article about defining non-uniform properties (e.g. material properties) using Fields in Patran. Image from MSC. Click image for article.

CFD Applications

CFD and Social Media

  • Hassan Kassem has started a new blog on OpenFOAM.
  • CAESES 4.1.1, the upfront modeling and optimization software, was released with Twitter integration. [Can you name any other CFD software with social media integration?]
  • GridPro, the structured multi-block grid generator, has a new blog.
This is a screen capture from a video on the CFD Expert YouTube channel about simulation airflow through a factory using Fluent. Click image for video.

This is a screen capture from a video on the CFD Expert YouTube channel about simulation airflow through a factory using Fluent. Click image for video.

Misc. News

  • If you’re into 3D scanning, DEVELOP3D reports that Artec Studio 11 has automated the post-processing of 3D scans.
  • I’m not smart enough to understand uncertainty quantification, but I’ve recently become aware of company SmartUQ.
  • DHCAE has developed a specialized CFD tool based on OpenFOAM for simulating flow through filters.
  • ORBITEC is now using Converge CFD for the design of rocket engines.
  • The 16th European Turbulence Conference will be held 21-24 August 2017 in Stockholm.
  • Imperial College London seeks a research assistant for GPU-accelerated, high-order CFD.

Meshing’s Not Nearly This Black and White

There’s not much to say about the painting below by Francois Morellet except that I like the contrast between the negative and positive spaces. And it is “mesh-like.” Plus I’m a sucker for black and white line art as it skews toward my interest in animation.

Francois Morellet, 3 Trames Strip-Teasing, 2008. Click image for source (ArtNet)

Francois Morellet, 3 Trames Strip-Teasing, 2008. Click image for source (ArtNet)

Bonus: While the image below may look like geometric art, it’s actually a math puzzle. Which part has the largest area: black or gray? See the answer at Futility Closet.

Which part is larger? Black or gray? Click image for source.

Which part is larger? Black or gray? Click image for source.

Bonus++: Is a liberal education key to saving STEM? Is it the “A” in STEAM? “Science needs liberal education and its counterweight to the values of the market for its own sake.”

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