This Week in CFD

News

  • Desktop Engineering is conducting a Software Brand Awareness Survey. For your participation, you’ll have a chance to win a drawing for prizes. [But help them collect good data regardless.]
  • An application of CFD solver PyFR to unsteady turbulent flow has landed Imperial College London’s Vincent Lab on the short list for a Gordon Bell prize.
  • The 1st AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop will be held on 03-04 June 2017 in conjunction with the 3rd AIAA CFD High Lift Prediction Workshop. These two workshops are co-located with the AIAA Aviation conference in Denver.
An EnSight visualization of temperature in a train car. Image from EnSight. Click image for article.

An EnSight visualization of temperature in a train car. Image from EnSight. Click image for article.

Software

  • Engineering.com reports on running ANSYS Fluent on 1024 cores using Microsoft Azure. (See image below.)
  • AVL List acquired Dacolt with the goal of expanding and strengthening the former’s capabilities in industrial combustion.
  • Pixar’s OpenSubdiv is an open source library for implementing subdivision surface evaluation on HPC hardware.
Illustrations of ANSYS Fluent performance on Microsoft Azure. Image from Microsoft Azure via Engineering.com. See link above.

Illustrations of ANSYS Fluent performance on Microsoft Azure. Image from Microsoft Azure via Engineering.com. See link above.

News from Pointwise

  • Our 3-question survey on your use of our Pointwise software has been extended through today. Please take a minute to give us some feedback.
  • Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016 Updates
  • The next major release of the Pointwise mesh generation software (Version 18.0) includes quad dominant meshing, more hex-layer meshing in T-Rex, sources for tet mesh clustering and more. It is only weeks away from release.

Visualization

  • When it comes to the visualization of information, the Feynman-Tufte principle states that the visualization should be simple enough to fit on the side of a van. 1970’s vehicle adornment aside, they should allow us to “see the unthinkable and think the unseeable.”
  • ParaView 5.1.2, a patch release of 5.1, is now available and includes a few major corrections.
  • Visualizing Data shares their best of the visualization web for May 2016.
ITI's work on geometry handling and integration appeared in Design World. Image from Design World. Click image for article.

ITI’s work on geometry handling and integration appeared in Design World. Image from Design World. Click image for article.

Wavy Wall Simulation

In another example of potential office decor comes artist Loris Cecchini’s work, especially the Wallwave Vibration series (see image below). Direct from the artist’s website:

“His Wallwave Vibration series or what the artist refers to as ‘extruding bodies’, a physical manifestation of a pulsation resembling a fluid’s whose balance has been disseminated to form a delicate electromagnetic wave. With these works, the context of the space is transformed and fragility is incorporated within the supporting structure as the artist simultaneously uses space as a subject and material, establishing at the same time new definitions of sculpture.”

Originally seen on Colossal, explore all Cecchini’s work on his website. For the record, you’ll note that I refrained from showing his more mesh-like work.

Loris Cecchini, Wallwave Vibrations. Image from Colossal. Slick image for source.

Loris Cecchini, Wallwave Vibrations. Image from Colossal. Slick image for source.

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