This Week in CFD

Special “I’ve eaten too much turkey” Edition*

News & Events

  • Siemens PLM Software acquired Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion. This deal brings together STAR-CCM+ and FloEFD.
    • DEVELOP3D also wrote about this announcement and their article includes a link to a Siemens PDF showing how Mentor fits within their portfolio of technology.
    • Mentor Graphics also announced a new release of FloEFD.
  • The 25th Annual Conference of the CFD Society of Canada will be held 18-21 June 2017 in Windsor, Ontario. The due date for extended (4-6 page) abstracts is 09 January 2017.
  • The 12th OpenFOAM Workshop will be held 24-27 July 2017 at the University of Exeter in the UK. [Sorry, no URL yet.]
  • Here’s a good summary of the 2016 FloEFD Simulation Conference from earlier this month. In this article you’ll read that their 2017 event will be in Berlin on 7-8 November.

Computing: Cloud, HPC, Exascale & More

This absolutely gorgeous image of a DEM simulation is from STAR-CCM+ v11.06. Image from Siemens. See link below.

This absolutely gorgeous image of a DEM simulation is from STAR-CCM+ v11.06. Image from Siemens. See link below.

Software

Applications

Alert reader Dan shared this image of the faceted styling of Logitech's MX Master wireless mouse. Click image for link.

Alert reader Dan shared this image of the faceted styling of Logitech’s MX Master wireless mouse. Click image for link.

Good Reading & Listening

  • 40% of women who earn an engineering degree either never enter or leave the field. Why? This HBR report cites evidence that women engineers are treated differently than their male peers, professors, and employers beginning in college and through internships. [I would appreciate reading comments on this from female engineers.]
  • The OpenFOAM Foundation launched a fundraising campaign to receive donations totaling €100,000 to fund the software’s development in 2017. The rationale for the foundation’s fundraising effort seem to be explained by a series of blog posts from CFD Direct.
  • The first two episodes of the new season of the Talking CFD Podcast are available for your listening pleasure. They’re with Kelly Senecal of Convergent Science and Nicolas Tonello of Renuda.

Geometry in the Wild

The fine folks at Colossal often feed my fetish for finding meshes, facets, and plain old geometry in art, nature, design, and just in real life (IRL) in general. Their article about the light installations of Nicolas Rivals is no exception. The juxtaposition of hard-edged, artificially-lit geometry and serene, dusky natural settings is quite arresting. More of the artist’s works can be found on his website.

La Linea Roja by Nicolas Rivals. Image from Colossal. See link above.

La Linea Roja by Nicolas Rivals. Image from Colossal. See link above.

Bonus: Behold the miracle of nature’s meshing as this mushroom extrudes a polygonal surface mesh. source

mushroom-poly-mesh

*Yesterday was the Thanksgiving Day holiday here in the U.S. where the tradition is to eat turkey with all the trimmings – and a lot of it.
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