- Is the sky really falling? A DoE and NSA report fears the U.S. may lose its lead in HPC within a decade. On the other hand, the article’s author thinks chasing an arbitrary milestone like exascale isn’t as optimal as continuous, organic improvement.
- Also on the HPC topic, Fujitsu’s HPC Gateway promises to simplify access to HPC resources.
- Onshape says you’re paying too much for your CAD software if you rarely use technical support. They cite 3 other reasons too.
- Thunderbird Power is using STAR-CCM+ to design a wind turbine.
- The CAD Society announced it’s annual award winners:
- Here’s best of the visualization web for February 2017.
- If you’re displaying math on the web using MathJax, you need to know that it’s shutting down at the end of this month.
- Bulk materials simulation just got a bit more accessible with EDEM’s launch of a series of products EDEM for ANSYS, MSC, and Siemens.
- Phi is new 3-D modeling software from start-up Phenometry (founded by former Spatial folks) which features n-sided surfaces and a web-based user interface that promised to “democratize 3-D design.”
- Read more about Phi at Engineering.com in “Modeling Still Hard, Let’s Patch Things Up.”
- Particle In Cell released Starfish v0.16.1, their 2-D solver for plasma and gas kinetics.
- The latest version of Moldex3D (R15.0) includes automatic hex meshing for runners and much more.
- The 26th International Meshing Roundtable is scheduled for 18-21 September 2017 in Barcelona. The Call for Papers deadline is 30 May.
- A short course on Code_Saturne and Salome has been scheduled for June in London.
- Senior staff from Metacomp Technologies will be leading the short course on Turbulence Modeling for Modern Industrial CFD at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum.
- The 3rd AIAA CFD High Lift Prediction Workshop will be held 3-4 June in Denver in advance of the AIAA Aviation Forum.
- The 1st AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop will be held 3-4 June in Denver in advance of the AIAA Aviation Forum. (GMGW-1 is co-located and will share sessions with HiLiftPW-3. One registration fee gives you access to both workshops.)
- Learn how CFD is used to optimize surf boards using Pointwise for meshing and CRAFT Tech’s CRUNCH CFD for the flowfield solution on 25 April.
4-D Printed Space Mesh Fabric
This so-called “space fabric” is a prototype from NASA’s JPL where they’re 3-D printing (or actually 4-D printing because it’s 3-D geometry plus function) woven metal for use in space as shielding, space suits, or solar arrays. Thanks to alert reader Carolyn for sharing this with me.
Another example of a metal, mesh-like fabric (of sorts) was interesting, but cannot be shown here without giving this blog post an R rating.
And how about a bonus?
Bonus Science: Please take a moment to ponder how you’d simulate this in your CFD solver: a fluid with negative mass. Scientists have created a fluid that seemingly violates Newton’s second law because the acceleration opposes the direction of the applied force. The behavior of this fluid, a Bose-Einstein condensate, plays a little trick with inertial mass.