This Week in CFD

News & Events

The internet is losing its collective mind over this NASA video of a rocket plume made with a new high dynamic range camera. Click image for video (if you are the only person who has not yet seen this.)

The internet is losing its collective mind over this NASA video of a rocket plume made with a new high dynamic range camera. Click image for video (if you are the only person who has not yet seen this.)

Screen capture from a video showing die surface temperature from a simulation by FLOW-3D. Click image for article.

Screen capture from a video showing die surface temperature from a simulation by FLOW-3D. Click image for article.

Software

  • Via Desktop Engineering comes access to a 6-page PDF about what’s new in ANSYS 17 including Fluent, CFX, and SpaceClaim.
  • October’s release of Tecplot 360 EX will include more compatibility with Loci-Chem, a SZL file converter, and more. Beta testers are sought. [From Tecplot’s SZL News email newsletter that I just now found out about.]
  • The summer issue of FLOW-3D news is available.
  • STAR-CD v4.26 has new reaction models and is now available.

Applications

CFD simulation of a medical device (inhaler) by CD-adapco. Image from OINDP News. See link below.

CFD simulation of a medical device (inhaler) by CD-adapco. Image from OINDP News. See link below.

Mapping Color to a Museum’s Walls

Instead of seeing meshes where none exist or finding another example of stupid liquid tricks*, this week’s diversion is probably more related to visualization and the link above about color maps. Stephen Knapp creates site-specific light paintings with the aid of dichroic glass** that raise the issue of how we perceive art. First seen on Colossal, more seen on the artist’s website.

Stephen Knapp paints with light. See links above.

Stephen Knapp paints with light. See links above.

*Not a value judgement, just a play on words related to David Letterman’s stupid pet tricks.

**Glass that displays two colors under certain lighting conditions.

Bonus: “Few people appreciate engineering like artists.” GrabCAD shares examples of works of engineering currently on display in museums of art.

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