This Week in CFD

All About MSC

  • The big news in the CAE business this week is MSC Software’s acquisition by Hexagon AB for US$834 million. MSC is one of the most storied names in the CAE business making its future very significant for the industry.
    • From MSC Software themselves.
    • Monica Schnitger thinks “it’s a perfect match.”  She also reports from MSC that “No change to MSC’s current product roadmap are planned.”
    • From DEVELOP3D: MSC helps Hexagon achieve their “smart connected factory vision in discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace”

Software & Meshes

  • ANSYS 18 was launched and includes ANSYS CFD Enterprise which itself includes all CFD solvers, several specialized solvers, geometry, meshing, and optimization. (See image below.)
  • Some thoughts from SIMULIA on democratization of simulation.
  • ANSYS also weighs in on democratization in ENGINEERING.com including 5 tips for choosing the right CFD software. #3 Are numerous training materials available live and online?
  • SimScale shares news about recent updates including a mesh quality report.
  • The EnSight blog features an article on mesh quality [one of my favorite topics].
  • If you want to learn more about Femap, here’s a collection of Femap basic videos.
  • Very cool [but very brief] article from 3D Systems about 3D scanning the Apollo F-1 engine. [Click the link just to see the pictures.]
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Screen capture from a video illustration of harmonic CFD analysis now available in ANSYS 18. See link above.

Applications & Events

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Optimized spillway design as simulated in FLOW-3D. Image from Flow Science. [Another beautiful CFD image.]

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STAR-CCM+ simulation of blood flow. Image from a Siemens PLM article on use of simulation in medical clinical trials. [I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it.]

Order from Chaos (via Oaths)

From the title of her work shown below (Before After Oaths Gray 4), I can only assume that Marjorie Welish has generated meshes. Because when I get a mesh like the right half of her painting there are a lot of oaths uttered before I can get it into the form on the left.

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Marjorie Welish, Before After Oaths Gray 4, 2013

As originally seen on Art News, this painting is from the artist’s exhibition at ART 3 Gallery in Brooklyn. I urge my friends in the NYC area to visit before the exhibition closes on 05 February. Failing that, explore the artist’s website to see these works, her Mondrian-esque paintings, and more.

Bonus: Pointwise is now on Instagram.

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