This week’s CFD news is less inscrutable than the Great Sphinx of Giza (shown here courtesy of the must-try new tool for mesh viz in your browser, HexLab) and includes several recently announced events, a new CFD startup (AirShaper), and our old friend democratization is back. Read all the way to the end for a brain teaser on cutting a tetrahedron.
- The 14th Symposium on Overset Composite Grids and Solution Technology will be held on 1-4 October 2018 at the University of Maryland. Abstracts are due 14 July.
- The Pointwise User Group Meeting 2018 will be in Fort Worth on 14-15 November. Attendee registration is now open and the call for abstracts deadline looms large (13 July).
- The 1st Annual Workshop for Integrated Propeller Performance (WIPP) has been announced for AIAA Aviation 2019 in Dallas. Details to be posted soon.
- The 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress is open for attendee registration.
- The 3rd Annual SU2 Developers Meeting will be held 16-18 September 2018 in Glasgow, UK.
- MSC Nastran 2018.2 was released and includes an interface to AVL Excite for multi-body dynamics simulation.
- AirShaper is the latest “CFD as a service” startup company.
- Siemens PLM released Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.04 including improved in-cylinder modeling.
- SU2 v6.1 was released.
- CFD for motorcycle helmets.
- Here’s Visualizing Data’s best of the visualization web for April 2018.
- NVIDIA makes a case for GPUs being the path to exascale.
- Monica Schnitger shares a lot of PTC news from LiveWorx including some about Creo Simulation Live, the implementation of ANSYS Discovery Live inside Creo.
- Democratization: It’s like Google Maps but for simulation. Or so says this Engineering.com article from the recent CAASE event.
- Mentor’s list of CFD myths has grown from 5 to 10. #8 Experts are still needed to get accurate CFD results.
- The PyFR team was awarded a 3-year grant to continue their work on high-order CFD “Towards Industry and Exascale.” [Full disclosure: Pointwise is a minor partner on this work. You can probably guess which part of the work.]
Serendipity in Artlanta
My fellow art maven, Bob, and I were thwarted in our commitment to escape conferences for a brain-cleansing visit to the local art scene. Atlanta, site of AIAA Aviation 2018, is home to the High Museum of Art. Unfortunately for me and Bob, the museum’s modern and contemporary galleries were closed for renovation during our visit to the city.
Serendipity replaced thwartage while hustling to make my flight at ATL when I passed through a hallway decorated with artworks on both walls, including a painting on wood relief panel by Will Penny titled Gamut Relief XIII with an obvious and pleasing 3-D mesh motif.
Upon returning to the office I searched online for more of Penny’s work and found several including the very similar work shown below. From the brief description at that website, Penny is said to be “exploring tensions between tangible space and the impact of digital technology on fabricated forms and environments.”
Bonus: Do you know how to cut a regular tetrahedron in a way that produces a square? Think about it before clicking through.