This Week in CFD

This week’s CFD news begins with a report on the state of the aerospace industry that’s worth your time. Another high level report discusses the impact of fluid dynamics on the UK’s economy. For whatever reason, the automotive applications of simulation that I’m most drawn to involve tires and there’s a good one today involving structures and electromagnetics (?). Marine applications take center stage with two upcoming webinars from Cadence CFD: one on propulsion and one on ship airwakes. Shown here is some eye candy from an article about he importance of fluid dynamics to the UK’s economy.

For those interested in nanofluidics, Fluids at the Nanoscale: from continuum to sub-continuum transport.

The 2021 AIAA State of the Industry Report has provides key insights into the aerospace industry. Cybersecurity is ranked as the top threat while space, advanced manufacturing, and AI are at the top of the list of promising technologies. Workforce development seems to hang on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The full report is available to AIAA members and an executive summary is available to everyone (registration required).

Join us on 20 October for a webinar en Espanol on CFD Simulation of Propulsion using Cadence FINE/Marine.

Here’s an interesting take on FOSS: the ultimate guide for successfully contributing to open source.

On simulationHub you can read about the why and what of autonomous HVAC CFD.

Here is an interesting way to visualize the results of a thermal comfort HVAC simulation. Image from See link above.

I honestly can’t figure out whether CFD was used to design a shipboard horizontal axis wind turbine that directly provides propulsion (like an aircraft’s propeller) or generates electricity to power a motor that provides conventional propulsion. The headline confuses me.

CFD for chopper pumps.

Yes, the animation of this trippy GIF initially attracted me to this image (despite the rainbow color map). But the article is a very interesting multiphysics simulation related to TaaS (tires as a service). Which I don’t understand but whatevs.

Our friends at Flexcompute developed a method for risk assessment of aircraft operating at various flight conditions that they say is vastly computationally more efficient than Monte Carlo techniques. As part of their methodology, they created a system that automates the parametric generation of geometry and mesh generation (using Cadence Pointwise).

CFD for power generation from tidal and ocean currents.

Included only because this is the first CAE application article I’ve encountered that uses the word “butts.” Image from

Your abstract for AIAA Aviation 2022 (Chicago, 27 Jun – 01 Jul) is due by 10 Nov.

CAD Exchanger 3.10.1 features Autodesk Inventor import among other new capabilities.

CFD was used for the hull design of a new patrol boat for the Great Barrier Reef.

Validating TCFD for NASA’s turbulent flat plate case.

Fluid dynamics, the “hidden science,” contributed £13.9 billion to the UK economy in 2019 say advocates of continued funding of the field.

Take a photo of an aircraft, add a little AI in the form of software called Night Cafe, and voila – artistic aircraft. See an A-10 and F-16s on

Paul Kragthorpe, C-130 Starry Night. source

Speaking of the beauty of aircraft, you have until 25 October to submit your entry to Aviation Week’s annual photo contest (my favorite issue of the year).

Apologies for this rather bland post. I wasn’t feeling it today.

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