- Engineering.com presents a really interesting (i.e. a conversation starter) infographic on the relative merits of the five categories of CFD software: Open-Source, Open-Source Wrapper, CAD-Integrated, Specialized CFD, Complete CFD.
- What do you think about the five categories? Would you have organized CFD software that way?
- Open-Source Wrapper has “Little user support” – Anyone care to take the bait?
- Specialized CFD has complex licensing unless there’s a “token system” – I’m not even certain what that means.
- Monica Schnitger reports that ESI has been having good financial success recently.
- Enjoy all the nominated and winning posters from the International CAE Conference.
- ThermoAnalytics’ 2017 Global User Group Meeting will be held 27-30 March 2017 in Southfield, MI.
- Conference proceedings from the 2016 FLOW-3D Americas Users Conferences are now available.
- The abstract deadline for the STAR Global Conference 2017 is rapidly approaching. Submit yours by 30 November.
- The ASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting will be held 30 Jul – 03 Aug in Hawaii. [Did I mention it’s in HAWAII?]
- Ercoftac is offering a 2-day course on High Order Methods for Industrial CFD on 03-04 November 2016 in Brussels.
- Watch this video demonstration of how NURBS geometry can be directly edited in CAESES for a ship hull.
- Digital Engineering Magazine wrote about Spike Aerospace’s use of CFD in their design of a supersonic business jet. See image above.
- CFD for spacecraft launch vehicle design.
- CFD for student use on design of their Formula SAE cars.
- CFD for wind on buildings.
- Speaking of CFD for buildings, Fire Design Solutions will be using CFD to simulate smoke ventilation systems for a skyscraper.
- CFD helps properly orient offshore drilling platforms.
- OpenQBMM 2.0.0, an open-source implementation of Quadrature-Based Moment Methods built on OpenFOAM, is available on GitHub.
- Caelus 6.10, an open-source derivative of OpenFOAM, was released with robustness and performance improvements to the linear solvers.
- EnGen is cloud-based CFD from ThinkSOLN.
- RhinoResurf v2.007 was released for reconstructing NURBS geometry from scan data.
- Speaking of scan data, Elysium and DotProduct announced a tablet-based tool for going directly from scan to CAD, InfiniPoints DP.
- Beta CAE announced v16.2.3 of their software suite.
- Version 13.0 of NASA’s FUN3D CFD solver was released.
Visualization & Computing
- ParaView demonstrated a massive in-situ visualization application (6.3 billion cells, over 32,000 compute nodes, and over 1 million MPI processes). Kitware will be presenting this work at SC16, the supercomputing conference. See image above. [Does anyone else wish they’d go back to calling the conference Supercomputing?]
- Visualizing Data shares their best of the visualization web for August 2016.
- EnSight 10.1.6(e) was released with Oculus Rift support and other enhancements.
- Amazon EC2 now offers GPUs.
Meshes IRL in Japan
Last week in Japan I encountered many instances of meshes in real life. Apologies for the poor photography; it is not my strong suit.
Bonus: Artist Daniel Hill, whose mesh-like work has been featured here before, is curating an exhibition at Pace University, Visual Inquiries: Artists Inspired by Science. Check it out if you’re in the NYC area before 08 November.
Double Bonus: Geometry in movies. Triangles bad. Squares and circles good.