This week’s CFD news includes several long-ish but worthy reads on intelligence, exascale, and reading news itself. Plus the usual software and application updates.
(This image courtesy of an article on CFD for F1.)
Computing & Geometry
- Exascale computing may be the key for growth of CFD in the energy sector, especially wind power where projected output in the year 2030 is slightly more than half the goal.
- I read every issue of Digital Engineering magazine so the results of their reader poll were very much of interest.
- CFD is 10th on the list of things they want to read more about. #2 surprised me.
- 84% of survey respondents are 45 years of age or older and 98% were male.
- Speaking of DE, here’s their article on defeaturing geometry models.
- I’ve only recently become aware of a minisymposium at this summer’s World Congress on Computational Mechanics on the topic of Geometry-centric High-order Unstructured Methods. Sounds like one worth attending.
Smarts, Intelligences, and Engineers
- This week’s must-read article comes from the Lifecycle Insights blog: Multiple Intelligences and the Engineer. Maybe I’m just tuned to this topic having attended a lecture on neuro linguistic programming (NLP) earlier in the week. But Chad Jackson opens for examination a fascinating, multi-faceted concept (where multi=9) of intelligence proposed in the early 1980s and assesses how relevant each facet maybe to the engineer. Plenty to think about and plenty more to debate.
- If I had to choose, I think I’m strongest in linguistic intelligence and weakest in bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. This jives with what I learned from the NLP lecture in which there are only 3 facets (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) and in which I’m strongest in the first two.
Applications & Software
- Visualizing Data presents their 10 most significant viz developments in the last half of 2017. #3 – bee swarm charts.
- “The updated UFO CFD solver is available as freeware again” here.
- Here’s a tutorial (slides) for meshing to a specific y+ in ANSYS.
- Envenio launched Project Discovery, “a unique and affordable opportunity to access high performance, cloud-hosted CFD software, and benefit from the expertise of an experienced engineering team who will execute the project on their behalf.”
- It’s 45 minutes, but this SpaceX video about rocket engine simulation is worth a watch.
Artist Mark Francis combines the grid, a traditional component of abstract modern painting, with a visionary eye toward the scientific and what the human eye cannot see. There’s an orderly or partially constrained chaos at work here that humanizes what might otherwise be cold and rigid.