Are things starting to return to normal? This week’s CFD news includes a live, in-person event next February and three job openings. There’s some really cool CFD software news including Karalit’s IB code and the integration of Fluent with ANSYS’ Discovery. Most amazing of all (and it’s not CFD) is a simulation of a winning, rim-bouncing basketball shot by Altair. Shown here is a visualization of Q criterion colored by velocity computed with OpenSBLI.
- The AIAA CFD 2030 Integration Committee will be maintaining a list of CFD workshops on its website at cfd2030.com. (Workshops in this context means benchmark challenges and not how-to, instructional events.)
- SC20 (aka Supercomputing) will be a 100% virtual event.
- The 2nd High-Fidelity Industrial LES/DNS Symposium (HiFiLeD) will be held in Toulouse on 10-12 Feb 2021. Your 1-2 page abstract is due by 16 Nov 2020.
- Pointwise Mesh Generation Foundations, a multi-part, 14-hour, online training course is now available for you to take anytime, anywhere.
- The video Turbulence Model Influence on the Flow in the FDA Benchmark Blood Pump brings together Pointwise meshes and Caelus’ CFD.
- For basketball fans, Altair simulated a winning shot from last year’s NBA playoffs and showed that the thickness of a dime was the difference between victory and overtime. [Not CFD but I find this simulation astounding. I’d also like to know how they set the initial conditions to approximate the actual shot.]
- Zenotech and Everoze and CFD [ZFD?] for wind energy.
- The backward facing step.
- SolidWorks offers two STEP readers. Part 1 of the Ultimate Guide to Working with STEP Files compares the two.
- Flexible meshing that combines structured and unstructured techniques is the key to getting accurate CFD results for wire-wrapped reactor rod bundles.
- New [to me] is Alya, “a simulation code for high performance computational mechanics” from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. [I should stop writing ‘new to me’ as it implies something notable, that it’s unusual something could be new to me, as though I have encyclopedic knowledge of every bit of CFD software out there.]
- OpenSBLI is “an open-source code-generation system for compressible fluid dynamics (CFD) on heterogeneous computing architectures.” Read about it in the technical paper OpenSBLI: Automated code-generation for heterogeneous computing architectures and then download it from https://github.com/opensbli.
- Beta CAE released v20.0.5 of their software suite.
- KARALIT CFD v4.0 was released offering “direct cfd,” that is CFD without meshing or preprocessing. [Ouch, it hurt to type that.] As DEVELOP3D wrote, KARALIT has an interesting Q&A on their website describing their approach.
- Not CFD but perhaps still relevant to this audience is OpenPIV, a YouTube channel I stumbled across about a software platform to analyze PIV data.
- DEVELOP3D shares how ANSYS Discovery is an evolution of Discovery Live which allows the high-end Fluent solver to be run in the same environment.
Jobs & Biz
- EnginSoft USA has an open position for a CFD Consulting Engineer in their Texas office.
- Argonne National Labs has an open post-doc position for CFD of multi-phase flows and machine learning.
- The University of Pennsylvania has an open post-doc position for CFD and biological physics.
- PTC’s revenue dropped 2% in the quarter ending in June relative to the prior quarter but they still put $35M to the bottom line.
Visual vs. Tangible
Mervyn Williams‘ Study III is an example of a painting I like but can’t explain why. It’s a case of “come for the grid and stay for the… what?” The regular yet off-kilter grid? Its contrast with the subtleties of watercolor? How the whole painting balances on the blue circle?
Williams said “I have a strong imagination. It is only by realising a visual idea in tangible form that one can test the strength of what one is visualising.” Kinda like generating a mesh (something purely visual or intermediary) and testing its strength (accuracy) with the results of a flow solution (the tangible) on that mesh.
Yeah, I kinda pushed that analogy a bit. No apologies.