This Week in CFD

Software

  • Dassault Systemes acquired Next Limit Dynamics, makers of the XFlow Lattice Boltzmann CFD solver.
  • Tecplot RS 2016 R2 was released for visualization of reservoir simulation results and includes many new capabilities including a debugger for macros. See image below.
  • RhinoCFD Beta 2 from CHAM was released with cylindrical-polar meshes and more.
  • Concepts NREC announced the release of its Agile Engineering Design System version 8.5 for turbomachinery.
  • Autodesk’s Project Calrissian for CFD has extended their technology preview through 06 March 2017.
  • CFD Support has packaged up v16.10 of OpenFOAM for Windows and Linux and announced a new release of CFturbo.
Visualization of a reservoir simulation from Tecplot RS. Image from Tecplot. See link above.

Visualization of a reservoir simulation from Tecplot RS. Image from Tecplot. See link above.

Computers & Computing

  • Here’s an interview with Argonne’s Dr. Paul Messina on the topic of exascale computing and the U.S.’ Exascale Computing Project’s goal to develop two exascale machines by 2023. [My word of the day, “performant,” is used in this article.]
  • Part 2 of what appears to be a 3-part review of this year’s SC16 (aka supercomputing) event focuses on the lack of diversity in the HPC field, esp. the lack of female participation.
  • ANSYS’ simulation software will now be available via Rescale‘s cloud-based platform.
CD adapco simulated the aerodynamic performance of the Millennium Falcon. [I'm fairly certain that radar dish is coming off unless the brackets are made from Unobtanium. Click image for this [nicely done] article.

CD-adapco simulated the aerodynamic performance of the Millennium Falcon. [I‘m fairly certain that radar dish is coming off unless the brackets are made from Unobtanium.] Click image for this [nicely done] article.

Applications

  • If you’re considering trying Envenio’s EXN/Aero solver, they’ve published a list of all the meshers with which it is compatible. [Full disclosure: Pointwise is on that list.]
  • ESI Group and Xerox Parc have partnered for “system reliability modeling, system safety assessment, predictive maintenance, and condition-based maintenance.” [A smart person will have to tell me what exactly that means.]
    • That partnership is also mentioned in Monica Schnitger’s look at ESI’s Q3 financial results including a forecast of €141 million revenue for the year.
  • Alert reader Kevin shared Autodesk Simluation’s photo of 3-D printed streamlines.
  • CONSELF introduced “pay per use” cloud-based CFD.
  • In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal ran an story on bio-inspired aeroacoustics.
  • Envenio shared a simulation of HVAC in an aircraft hangar.

Hungry for Meshes

What do you get when you combine two tetrahedra with churros? Something absolutely amazeballs called a churroduo from Dominique Ansel’s Tokyo bakery.

I urge readers in Tokyo to rush out and taste a churroduo and report back on the experience.

Churro + tetrahedra = churroduo. [Or may I suggest churrohedra?]. Image from That's Nerdalicious. See link above.

Churro + tetrahedra = churroduo. [Or may I suggest churrohedra?]. Image from That’s Nerdalicious. See link above.

Bonus: Making art with Python. Click the link to see the art and the animations.

A Python animation inspired by Arabesques: mosaiques murales. Image from Software Carpentry. Click image for link.

A Python animation inspired by Arabesques: mosaiques murales. Image from Software Carpentry. Click image for link.

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