This Week in CFD

BEC_Large_TESIf you like thought-provoking articles you’ll like one about virtual reality and CFD and another about simulation driven design and its future potential. Are we at the tipping point for both of these technologies? Plus all the other news about software releases, applications of CFD, and more. This image is an ElectroFlo electronics cooling simulation (see the full article below).


  • Do you need STAR-CCM+ Virtual Reality (coming in v13.02)? Read and see why now may be the time for CFD with VR. [They had me at mesh inspection.]
  • NASA has made available (in the U.S.) RVCQ3D a 2D [?] CFD code for turbomachinery.
  • CAESES 4.3 was released with improvements to geometry handling, optimization, and more.
    • CAESES 4.3.1, a maintenance release, is now available for production use.
  • AeroDynamic Solutions released ADS CFD 7.0 including new turbulence models, improved multi-threading and parallel performance, and more.

Screen shot from a video demonstration of STAR-CCM+ VR coming in v13.02. Image from the SimCenter Blog. See link above.




Images of lubrication flow done using a smoothed particle hydrodynamics technique by Altair and FluiDyna for Drive System Design. Image from 

  • Use of CFD for design of exhaust flue gas systems.
  • CFD was used to show that full-length inferior turbinate reduction is the best treatment for nasal obstruction. [Check off bucket list: use “nasal” in a blog post. I wish the article had included flow viz.]

Reading & Computing

Business & Jobs

  • ANSYS continues to make money like it’s nobody’s business. 2017 Q4 revenue was up double digits resulting in them exceeding the $1 billion mark.
  • Altair acquired electronics cooling application ElectroFlo.
  • ThermoAnalytics has an open position for a Thermal/CFD engineer.

Faceted Safari

While on safari vacation recently, I encountered these faceted apes. They are part of the decor of Tiffins, a restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park. Tiffins is one of my favorite places to eat at the entire WDW resort both for the food and the decor. All the dining rooms are jammed packed full of original field notes, sketches, and artifacts from the Imagineers’ worldwide studies for the design of Animal Kingdom.



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