In addition to the usual CFD news, folks published some good online reading this month including a primer on Lattice Boltzmann methods and a new user’s guide to CFD. On the fun side of things, you can vote in a poll for a reader’s choice award for best product of 2017 and see how CFD can help grow weed.
- Abaqus and Solidworks Simulation are now connected by Simulia Simulation Engineer (currently in “lighthouse beta”). This is an FEA structural simulation tool that connects Solidworks with Simulia in the cloud.
- CADfix 11 SP2 was launched with enhanced morphing, hole simplification, and more.
- A new release of zCFD is now available.
- As described at Engineers Rule, Solidworks 2018 includes a great many new capabilities for importing and working with mesh files such as those you’d get from 3-D printing or scanning.
- NOGRID pointsBLOW 2.8.3 is now available. [I agree; having no grid points does blow.]
- Gmsh has been fully integrated with FEATool.
- Today’s long read comes from Resolved Analytics: How to Get Started with CFD.
- The article seems to make the case that integrated packages are preferred.
- How about two long reads? FEA For All tells us everything we need to know about the Lattice Boltzmann method.
- “I actually encourage you to develop your own CFD code. Never just trust blindly softwares made by others.” [Emphasis mine. I could churn my own butter but… Actually, I bet if everyone started writing their own mesh generator it would be a boon for us.]
- I’ll be writing more about this later, but in the meantime here’s the year in review from the AIAA’s Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments technical committee as part of Aerospace America’s annual year in review issue.
- Visualizing Data’s best of the visualization web for October 2017 is ready for you to read.
- And the world’s best visualizations of 2017 as per the Information is Beautiful Awards.
- ANSYS Discovery Live (and 11 other products) is a candidate for Tech Briefs’ 23rd annual reader’s choice award. Vote today.
- Esgee Technology (makers of software for multiphysics simulations including CFD) launched a new blog. [I feel bad for only learning about this Austin, Texas-based firm now.]
Events & News
- I’ve made my opinion clear on market forecasts, but this one that predicts a global CFD market of $1.8 billion by 2021 (versus $1.2 billion in 2016) reads like it was written by a bot with ADD (which doesn’t add to its credibility). [Because I’m such a jerk about these things, I really should track and plot them all in a spreadsheet. That might show something interesting over time.]
- The 13th SPHERIC International Workshop on smoothed particle hydrodynamics will be held 26-28 June 2018 in Galway, Ireland. Abstracts are due 28 February.
- The 2018 FLOW-3D European Users Conference will be held 14-16 May 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. Abstracts are due 30 March.
- Applied CCM and Applied CCM Canada will be providing worldwide sales and support of DCS Computing’s CFDEM Workbench, discrete element modeling software. [Full disclosure: both Applied CCM organizations are Pointwise partners.]
More Events & News
- Mentor announced recipients of their inaugural award for Excellence in Electronics Thermal Design. The award, for which entries must use FloTHERM, went to work entitled “Development of a Compact and Efficient Liquid Cooling System with Silicon Micro-cooler for High-Power Microelectronic Devices.”
- ICYMI, a recording of the webinar for XFlow 2017x‘s launch is now available on YouTube.
- While we’re on webinars, a recording of Pointwise’s webinar, The Influence of Meshing Strategies on Simulation Efficiency , is also now available on-demand.
- While this review of the new iMac Pro is interesting enough, the fact that one of the benchmarks used to measure its performance is mesh generation for CFD.
- My CFD application of the week comes from Envenio: Using CFD Simulations to Increase Yields in the Cannabis Industry. [If only they had included a better visualization of such a simulation.]
- Speaking of Envenio, they’re seeking to hire a Sales Development Representative in Montreal.
- Maya HTT’s Datacenter Clarity LC 3.0 for datacenter infrastructure management – which includes CFD tools – now also includes machine learning.
- CFD was used to validate and mitigate the effects of terrain on remote sensing measurements within a wind farm.
Space, White and Otherwise
I had been thinking earlier this morning about white space in graphic design and how it is underappreciated. Too little and your design looks like a Geocities webpage from 1995, too much and your design becomes as diluted as a hotel bar gin and tonic. I can draw analogies with music (“It’s taken my all of my life to learn when not to play.” -Dizzy Gillespie) and sports (“What are you going to do for the team when you don’t have the ball?” -John Wooden).
Then along comes my discovery of abstract painter John McLaughlin (also this morning) who has been called the most significant post-war painter that no one knows about. While his work doesn’t fit the normal motif of what I share here (grid, mesh, reticulation), his geometric forms are a close second. My brief examine of his work online reveals a simplicity, openness and balance that eschews interpretation for possibility. I’ve seen many painters of geometric forms and McLaughlin is one of the few that I’m going to delve further into.