This week’s CFD news is chock full o’ applications with nary a software announcement in sight. These apps include two studies of virus particle transmission on aircraft, one for aeroacoustics outside the aircraft, and another for an infamous detonation. Here you see my “CFD application of the week” as published by Gaylord, Blades, & Parsons in Nature. You’ll have to read on to find out what it is (but try to guess first).
- ICYMI, the Overset Grid Symposium, originally scheduled for 2020 Q4, has been postponed to the fall of 2021 in the hopes that the event can be held in person.
- Congratulations to the ASSESS Initiative for being recognized with a Technology Innovator Award for 2020.
- Flexcompute has openings for a Software/AI Engineer and a CFD Scientist.
- Congratulations to the AIAA Associate Fellow Class of 2021.
- How about some intelligent, automatic surface meshing? Checkout Flashpoint in the recently released Pointwise Version 18.4.
- We are happy to partner with Tecplot Europe (aka Genias Graphics) for distribution of Pointwise in Europe.
- Learn about our work with ISimQ on mesh adaptation.
- Hear how SU2 was used for a transient simulation of tractor trailer aerodynamics.
- a cycling helmet that costs £350 (about $450 for us Yanks). [I had no idea they were so expensive but I suppose if you’re a triathlete, the performance benefits they claim would be worth it.]
- a Voronoi bicycle helmet for “safety, comfort, and fashion.” [emphasis mine] [I would love to see these two helmets go head to head.]
- hydro turbines and pumps.
CFD for Pandemics and Other Disasters
- [As you may know, I’ve been reluctant to share any simulations related to the spread of virus particles. Especially early in the pandemic, my concern was that well-intentioned but otherwise unvalidated simulations of stuff blowing around would be misleading and dilute the true science, especially in light of the seriousness of the situation. I’ve softened my stance on this a bit, hence the following applications.]
- The International Air Transport Association, Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer used CFD simulations to assuage the flying public’s fears by demonstrating that the risk of getting COVID-19 from cabin air is low. Of course, the haters in the comments dismiss the study because it was done by the people who’ll benefit from increased air travel. And while I personally have confidence that the cabin environment is as low risk as the simulations show, all that goes out the window when passengers don’t wear their masks.
- Airlines have permanently banned 1,500 passengers for violations of the mask policy.
- Southwest airlines just announced they’ll start selling middle seat tickets again.
- ANSYS recently published a case study in which a simulation of ventilation in a gym helped the business owner make changes to enhance his customers’ safety. [Be certain to check out the animations.]
- If you’re interested in guidelines for aerosol transmission of COVID-19, check out this open FAQ on Google docs.
- The Today show had a feature on indoor ventilation and transport of virus particles including not only a video of the simulation but an interview with CFD expert Dr. Rainald Lohner.
- The U.S. Department of Defense and United Airlines did a study of aircraft cabin air that concluded the risk of inhaling virus particles is 0.003% as long as all passengers wear masks.
- From the Math Dept., how random is random? The bible of random numbers might not be all that.
- Dassault Systemes’ reported a Q3 revenue decrease of 3.7% relative to the same period a year ago, the 3rd consecutive quarterly decrease.
- The first issue of the free and open-access OpenFOAM Journal was published last week. Login required.
- The importance of proper meshing in FEA.
Simple and To The Point
OK, I’ll admit there are times when I strain credulity in my attempts to connect a work of art to CFD or meshing or geometry. But Serusier’s Tetrahedrons needs no handwaving. Sometimes a tet is just a tet. Thanks to alert reader Carolyn for alerting me to this painting which she was able to see in person.
Bonus: Not CFD, but I draw the line when robots intrude (successfully) into curling, aka chess on ice.