This Week in CFD

credit: Riley Brady

This week’s compilation of CFD news includes a complete description of boundary layer turbulence, lots of new software releases, and mobile sewer odor testing. And I really hope to get caught up before year’s end. Shown here is a screen capture from a beautiful video of the flow of dissolved carbon in the southern ocean.


  • Georgia Tech’s Marilyn Smith has been selected for the Vertical Flight Society’s Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship.
  • Suzanne Shontz from the University of Kansas is the first woman to have been recognized as an International Meshing Roundtable Fellow.

News & Events

  • “An international team of mathematicians […] has published a complete description of boundary layer turbulence. […] The theory unites empirical observations with the Navier-Stokes equation—the mathematical foundation of fluid dynamics—into a mathematical formula.”
  • SC22 will be in Dallas.
  • What happens in a shock wave?

From the other CFD blog

  • Did you know about the Cadence CFD blog? If not, here’s some news you missed. Subscribe and you won’t miss anything.
    • Our friends at Bombardier shared how they used the Cadence Pointwise Meshing software to build an automated mesh generation system for aircraft.
    • There’s still time to register for the webinar on 15 Dec on unsteady simulation of hydraulic turbines that will demonstrate some of the new capabilities in Cadence Omnis Version 5.2. (The article also describes other new features in the software.)
    • We released four more video introductions to new features in the recently launched Cadence Pointwise Meshing V18.5. These videos describe new meshing techniques to improve cell quality and provide more flexibility and geometry modeling tools.
    • Researchers from MIT and the Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville have begun working with Cadence CFD on mesh adaptation for high-speed flows.
  • And over here on Another Fine Mesh we’re just 12 subscribers short of 5,000 (at the time of this writing). Do you think we can exceed that milestone before year’s end? Share with those in your network who are interested in CFD.
When I think of air taxis I first think of Korben Dallas’ taxi in The Fifth Element. NASA envisioned urban air mobility differently – a quadcopter – at SC19.

Software & More

CFD (and not CFD) for…

Abstracting a Landscape Through Meshing

I’ve always found black and white line art to be quite compelling. Combine that medium with a polyhedral mesh motif and you’ve got my attention.

As first seen on Hyperallergic, Diane Burko is an abstract expressionist who actually does paint landscapes unlike someone like Mark Rothko who vehemently stated that he did not. Burko uses her art to portray the effects of climate change, for example glacier loss as shown below (portrayed using a fantastic technique). There is an immediacy in her work that elevates traditionally staid and calm landscapes. Read more on the artist’s website.

Diane Burko, Elegy for Pine Island Glacier, 2015. source

Bonus? Revolution in Simulation interviewed me and thought you’d be interested in what I said. [It’s risky to ask me what I’m thinking about.]

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