This week’s CFD news is dominated by applications of all sorts, from cars, cars, cars, to boats, filtration (Vee Bee’s strainer shown here), rockets, ducting, and skyscrapers. There’s also plenty of event news from CAESES, Metacomp, OpenFOAM, ENGYS, and Pointwise (of course).
Vroom, Vroom – Car Stuff
- The 1st Automotive CFD Prediction Workshop will be held at the University of Oxford in England on 11-12 December 2019. Participants need to submit data by 25 November. The test cases are the SAE Notchback, DrivAer Fastback, and DrivAer Estate.
- The physics of NASCAR, in which we learn that drivers age half a nanosecond less than the spectators during a race due to relativistic effects.
- McLaren is building a new Formula 1 wind tunnel which can do things with “molecular resolution” and overcome CFD’s “accuracy and efficiency” limitations.
- CFD simulations – supported by wind tunnel testing – have shown that the 2021 Formula 1 concept car only loses 5% of downforce (versus 45%) when in another car’s wake.
- Roll Top, a drag-reducing tarp system for tractor trailers, reduces fuel consumption by nearly 5%. [Yes, that’s truck stuff not car stuff.]
- This article about the use of CFD for racing yachts – from Forbes of all places – is actually well written and gives the layperson a good intro to CFD and the Navier-Stokes equations. [It also includes a meshing analogy that I’ve never heard before. “Similar to how strings of bulbs outline the shape of a Christmas tree, a mesh of cells encompasses the geometry of a ship.”]
- Simulia has published a white paper on the use of simulation to design eVTOLs, electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.
- Two things in Monica Schnitger’s report on Altair’s Q2 results caught my eye.
- Q2 software revenue was up 20% and Q3 is forecast to be up 24%. Yet their stock took a 10% hit. [Tariffs and international trade.]
- “SimSolid usage has grown 10x in the last 5 months.” [Congrats, Ken. The wordsmith in me is hoping Monica’s use of “solid” in her article’s title was an allusion to this SimSolid news.]
- Siemens seeks a “software engineer – advanced – meshing” in Austin.
- The final agenda for next month’s CAESES Users Meeting has been posted.
- The 7th Metacomp Symposium/Training will be held next month on 24-26 September in Oxnard, California.
- The keynote speaker’s for ESI’s 7th OpenFOAM Conference 2019 have been announced. The event is 15-17 October in Berlin.
- The schedule for next month’s ENGYS UGM 2019 has been announced.
- Pointwise’s Rick Matus will be delivering a featured talk on the Effect of Mesh Topology on Simulation Accuracy and Efficiency.
- Register now for the free Pointwise for Marine Workshop in Hamburg on 12 November.
- Register now for the free Pointwise for Automotive Workshop in Munich on 14 November.
Software & Visualization & Hardware
- If you’ve ever wondered about what you can do with Code_Saturne and Neptune_CFD here’s a 4-minute video introduction.
- Rhino3D Medical offers the capability to go from medical images to CAD.
- Nogrid Points 6.7.0 has been released for CFD simulation of free surface flows (and more).
- Tecplot released Tecplot RS 2019 R1 for visualization of reservoir simulation results.
- nTopology’s nTop software helps in the design of medical devices for additive manufacturing.
- Here’s Visualizing Data’s best of the visualization web for June 2019.
- Cray will be building an exascale supercomputer for Lawrence Livermore to be delivered in 2022 at a projected $600 million cost.
- Watch and read the presentation Higher Order Results from DoD HPCMP CREATE-AV Kestrel showing the advantages of results from their CFD code COFFE using high-order meshes from Pointwise.
- CFD simulations were used to demonstrate that super chimneys can alleviate global warming. (A super chimney is a 5 km tall chimney. An estimated 25,000 super chimneys are needed to offset global warming.)
- Rocket Lab is using CFD to help design their entire platform including the reusable boosters.
- AirLab is a CFD service provided by FabricAir, a maker of fabric HVAC ducting.
- CFD was used in the design of the world’s largest underground water pumping station.
- One of the winners of ACM’s George Michael Memorial Fellowship researches high performance algorithms for CFD.
- The city of London is asking that CFD be used to mitigate the effects of skyscraper downdrafts on pedestrians.
- Vee Bee has written a white paper on the use of simulation in the design of filtration systems for LNG vessel transfer systems.
Weaving a Wooden Mesh
When you’ve seen as much “mesh like” art as I have you start to see some general themes repeated in your perception of it and the artist’s intention for it. The faceting is often an allusion to the digitization of modern life which is contrasted with the use of traditional materials or a traditional context. That’s not to say I’m trying to put all these artists into a neat and tidy mesh box, just that these are the patterns I’ve observed. And my observations could be way off base.
Such is the case with Martin Puryear (see Brunhilde below). Wood is his medium which ties his sculptures to the natural world. The form is voluptuous despite the rigid faceting. The openness of the weave gives the piece a great deal of weightlessness despite appearing to have stable heft.
One of Puryear’s works, Ladder for Booker T. Washington, is a signature piece in the collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. A curator told me the sides of this 36 foot tall sculpture are crafted from a single tree branch split down the middle lengthwise.
Bonus: The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus is a math textbook by Ahmose in Egypt from 1550 BC on which 84 examples of fractions, geometry, and other computations are documented. Or maybe the professor said you could bring one sheet of notes to the final exam. Either way, very cool.