This Week in CFD

simwebinar_7The CFD world is producing some thought-provoking articles during the pandemic including one from SimScale on cloud computing and one from Fastway on their CAE Maturity Model. Two videos go into detail on use of AWS for CFD and an introduction to blastFoam. Shown here is a SolidWorks simulation of an electronics enclosure.



Thank you to alert reader Heather for sharing this delightfully meshed face mask to remind us of discretization while being discrete with our oral exhaust. source

Pointwise and Friends


Grid refinement test case from Cobalt Solutions. Image from

CFD for…


I will pluck the mesh picture from an article about applied CFD, in this case for the Ferrari 488 GTE. You can tell which CFD solver they used just from the mesh, can’t you? See link above. Image from 


  • Beta CAE launched v19.1.7 of their software suite.
  • If you’re interested in blowing things up, take time for the recording of the blastFoam3.0 workshop from earlier this month. The software is a variant of OpenFOAM for detonation simulations.
  • SimScale dives into The Past, Present, and Future of Cloud Computing and comes up with some predictions. Like AWS will continue to lead cloud computing. [I was using cloud computing without even knowing it back in 1984-1987 because our software ran on government supercomputers in another state while we sat contentedly in front of our teletypes or Tek 4014s.]
  • Speaking of the cloud and AWS, you can enjoy the recorded webinar CFD for Motorsport. Here are the slides.
  • xNURBS v4 for Rhino and SolidWorks is now available.

What Else?

Lines of Perspective

You may have heard it said that good art should “take you to another place.” Katy Ann Gilmore’s artwork for her booth at the Art Basel 2019 fair certainly does that. Through the use of nothing more than simple lines, she creates space beyond the confines of her booth. She has similar installations in Google’s, Facebook’s, and Vans’ corporate offices.

I’m fortunate to have one of her works hanging on the wall of my office. It’s similar to a work on her website that’s available for purchase called Catenary Path 2 but features more of an unstructured mesh motif that’s only hinted at on the front of her 2002 Nissan Maxima.


Katy Ann Gilmore, Volta Basel 2019. Image from artist’s website. See links above.


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