This Week in CFD

This week’s collection of CFD news and notes seems to be a lot of events wrapped by a wide variety of unique stories. For the events, there’s a great trend toward meeting in person. What I mean by unique is power plant ducting, jellyfish, a hybrid aircraft/blimp, LES, carbon nanotubes and quantum friction (?), and bubbles, bubbles, everywhere. And I’ll be very interested in whether you voted for the same journal cover image that I did.

Here’s your roundup of upcoming Cadence CFD events. There’s something for everyone in here.

If you’re wondering what’s new in OpenFOAM v2112, here’s a nice list.

Just a reminder that SC22 (aka Supercomputing) will be in Dallas this November. Come for the computing, stay for the BBQ and Tex-Mex. The due date for abstracts is 25 Mar.

Everyone knows NVIDIA. But did you know that they use Cadence software for designing their chips? Take 3 minutes for this video.

CFD for power plant ductwork from our friends at Azore CFD.

Dive Solutions has many job openings including a CFD applications engineer.

The OpenFOAM Journal 2022 Vol. 2 seeks submissions.

Registration is now open for the SIAM International Meshing Roundtable, an online event, to be held 22-25 February. Registration is free.

Kitware shares their plans for scientific visualization in 2022 and this flow image of a jellyfish? Image from

I have only just become aware of cloudfluid, providers of a cloud-based Lattice-Boltzmann flow solver.

This paper on UQ in ML looks interesting.

I’ve seen a lot of aircraft designs during my career but this is one of the most unusual: a solar-powered hybrid aircraft/blimp. This article about Solar Ship is from our friends at SolidWorks. Watch the video.

The Overset Grid Symposium has been rescheduled for 10-13 October 2022 in Hampton, VA. It’s planned to be in person, but they’ll make a final decision on in-person vs hybrid in August. No call for papers yet.

This paper by Goc et al is worth reading: LES of Aircraft at Affordable Cost: A Milestone in CFD. It’s an impressive body of work.

CFD for indoor air quality.

CFD for aligned carbon nanotubes.

The odds of carbon nanotubes appearing twice in the same week of CFD news have got to be pretty low. But yet we have this article explaining how quantum friction explains the odd behavior of water flowing through nanotubes with walls only 1 or 2 atoms thick.

Did you vote yet for the OpenFOAM Journal’s cover image contest? I chose #8.

Are you an aerospace engineer? Do you want to learn to program in Python? If yes, check out the AIAA course Fundamentals of Python Programming with Libraries for Aerospace Engineers that begins 28 Feb.

More OpenFOAM related news: the results of the Community Christmas Competition V for flow over a sphere.

CFD for Harley-Davidson‘s Low Rider ST.

PTC seems to have had a good quarter ending 12/31/2021 with revenue growth of 7%.

Speaking of PTC, they see additive, agility, and automation as 2022’s main business drivers.

Cadence CFD is thrilled to be part of a team with NVIDIA and led by ZJ Wang at the University of Kansas. We’ve been given an INCITE grant for time on the Summit supercomputer to run high-order CFD simulations of the NASA Common Research Model aircraft.

Just for fun: FLUID is a fluid simulator that models its own source code as the fluid.

Tecplot’s Scott Imlay shares his takeaway from the recent CFD High Lift Prediction Workshop. And it comes down to the fact that standard CFD codes with an SA turbulence model overpredicts separation on the outboard section of the wing relative to LES techniques. Image from

FIESTA is a GPU-based CFD code from the Univ. of New Mexico.

The xNURBS plugin for Rhino has been updated.

Beta CAE released v22.0.2 of their software suite. [In addition to “CFD for…” I should start a section “Was released…”]

Have you read the new AIAA standards document Recommended Practice for Code Verification in CFD?

Playfully serious image of bubble tracking in simulation of foamy flows. Image from
This entry was posted in Applications, Events, News, Software and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply