This Week in CFD


  • CPFD released Barracuda 17.2 for fluidized bed reactor simulations.
  • ZephyCFD v.17 was released for simulation of wind farms.
  • FEATool 1.7 was released with multi-simulation capabilities.
  • Beta CAE released v18.0.0 of their software suite, including a new product for simulation data management, as reported by
  • Envenio shares how their software attempts to meet the needs of CFD users. [I am quoted in this article. That’s not why I’m reposting. Srsly.]


More on ANSYS

  • WorldCAD Access asked ANSYS a few questions about the new Discovery Live, real-time simulation software, and posted the answers.
    • “Grabowski: How is meshing done automatically? I assume it ignores small parts automatically.
    • ANSYS: The simulation methodology is proprietary to ANSYS, and so we do not share details about how it works.”
  • WorldCAD Access also shares a more detailed perspective on Discovery Live.
  • Lifecycle Insights says Discovery Live’s value is self-evident.


  • The 2017 Annual HPCwire Reader’s Choice Awards are open for voting. Vote for your favorite hardware, software, applications, and more by 01 October.
  • Congratulations to Sandia National Labs’ Pavel Bochev for being awarded the Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal for outstanding and sustained contributions to CFD.



Who knew structured grids were so prevalent in leading-edge architectural design? The work of Newtechnic. Image from See link above.

Jobs and Books

Fluid Particles

As originally seen on Colossal, Maxim Zhestkov brings virtual art galleries to life by filling them with billions of particles that he then animates to illustrate fluid phenomena such as flow, diffusion, and pressure.  Who wouldn’t like to see this IRL?


Screen capture from the video Elements by Maxim Zhestkov. Original video on Vimeo.


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