This Week in CFD

190715_vincent_peter_009--tojpeg_1563878427049_x2 (1)Lots of good and longish reads are included in this week’s rundown of CFD news. One of these longish articles shares the results of’s Test and Simulation Survey. For you programmers is an article about whether object-oriented programming is just a horrible mistake. Shown here is an image of a video wall of a simulation of fundamental turbulent flow behavior done at Imperial College.


  • Join Pointwise in Germany later this year for two industry-focused workshops.
    • 12 November in Hamburg: Pointwise for Marine Workshop during which the Potsdam propeller and KCS ship hull will be meshed.
    • 14 November in Munich: Pointwise for Automotive Workshop during which the DrivAer automobile and an intake manifold will be meshed.
  • The International TwinMesh Users Summit 2019 will be held in Vicenza, Italy on 28-29 October.

CFD simulation of cooling a Raspberry Pi. Image from Come for the CFD, stay for the details on the meshing.


  • Physna raised nearly $7 million to launch its quest to be the “Google of 3-D models.” [I suppose that’s better than being “like Uber but for 3-D models.”]
  • Beta CAE released v20.0.0 of its software suite.
  • FEATool Multiphysics 1.11 includes a fluid-structure interaction solver.
  • Researchers at Imperial College have solved a fundamental problem in turbulence modeling. [But I’ll be damned if I can figure it out from this news piece. I could’ve read the journal article but I’ll leave that to you.]

This image of a CFD solution is from a brief introduction to 3-D hydraulic modeling (aka CFD).

Jobs & Award

Longish Reads


Thanks to alert reader Nick for sharing this photo of architectural facets seen in Austin during the recent U.S. National Conference on Computational Mechanics. Not certain what metric function is indicated by the colors.

CFD for…


CFD for Red Bull Racing Formula One. Image from

Is a grid the lines or the facets?

Sometimes a grid is both a wall and a window. A perfect example is the Aspen Art Museum (shown below). Architect Shigeru Ban strove to harmonize the building with its surroundings. The result is a seemingly simple profile that engages both from views in and views out.


Aspen Art Museum. Image from See links above.

Bonus Photo:


Six degrees of separation, human skull to tetrahedron. source

Double Bonus: What fraction of the square is shaded? See the link in the image’s caption for the answer.


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