This Week in CFD

Applications

  • CFD provides insight into stroke risk by simulating flow in the human heart. Video included at link.
  • Here’s a brief article describing some uses of the Kestrel CFD solver – F-35 inlet and transonic wind tunnel compressor – at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold AFB.
  • Is CFD part of Industry 4.0? This article describes Industry 4.0 as a future in which “every manufacturing process and import it into one holistic system where the workflow, maintenance and management of every machine, process or even a factory’s entire shop floor can be monitored and controlled from one or number of remote or collocated hubs.” But the sole image in the article seems to be the flowfield around an aircraft.
  • FloEFD contributed to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Championship.
Garry Rogers Motorsport is using Pointwise and Caelus to model the aerodynamic performance of their S60 V8 Supercar, including brake cooling as shown here. Click image for article.

Garry Rogers Motorsport is using Pointwise and Caelus to model the aerodynamic performance of their S60 V8 Supercar, including brake cooling as shown here. Click image for article.

Pointwise News

  • We’ll be hosting a webinar on 14 December to share the newest meshing capabilities in Pointwise Version 18 including unstructured quad-dominant surface meshing, unstructured hex layer extrusion with T-Rex, and isotropic tetrahedral mesh clustering with sources.
  • Come see us at AIAA SciTech 2017 where we’ll be presenting technical papers on some of our latest work, demonstrating Pointwise in the exhibit hall, and hosting a reception.

Software

  • In advance of new products coming in 2017, Friendship Systems has announced a realignment of their CAESES product portfolio. In particular, CAESES Free is being discontinued.
  • New versions of Isight and Tosca are available with a webinar coming on 09 December.
  • The new features in FLOW-3D v11.2 will be the subject of a Flow Science webinar on 15 December.
  • Here’s a write-up on Numeca’s use of Nvidia’s OpenACC to accelerate the performance of their Fine/Turbo CFD code.
CFD was used to compute the heat transfer coefficient on fruit in cardboard boxes with various configurations of vent holes. Image from ScienceDirect. Click image for article.

CFD was used to compute the heat transfer coefficient on fruit in cardboard boxes with various configurations of vent holes. Image from ScienceDirect. Click image for article. [Fruit cooling!]

Events

  • At the EnSight 2016 Japan User Group Meeting, CEI revealed new software coming in 2017 including EnSight 10.2 and Nexus, “a browser-based hub for engineering data.”
  • The Talking CFD Podcast is 3 episodes into season two and you can get caught up [binge listen?] here.
    • And they’ve introduced something new this season, the Talking CFD Social “live” stream with the first episode including Pointwise’s Travis Carrigan and Manor Racing’s Simon Hubbard.

Mesh as Architecture

Our friends at Branch Technology (winner of the Meshy Award for 2016) have contributed to the construction of the world’s largest 3-D printed structure, a pavilion for the Design Miami fair. The structure, called Flotsam & Jetsam, was designed by SHoP Architects as part of their 2016 Design Miami Visionary Award.

It’s mind-boggling when you think about the fact that Branch Technology uses Pointwise to generate the meshes that are 3-D printed into these life-size forms.

Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects is the world's largest 3-D printed structure. Image provided by Branch Technology. See links above.

Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects is the world’s largest 3-D printed structure. Image provided by Branch Technology. See links above.

Video fly-through of Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects. Click image for video.

Video fly-through of Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects. Click image for video.

Bonus: ETH Zurich has developed Mesh Mould for “building load-bearing concrete elements of any any shape without formwork.” The Rhino software is part of their toolchain.

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  1. Pingback: Pointwise Visits Branch Tech for 3-D Printing Fun | Another Fine Mesh

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