This Week in CFD

This week’s CFD news begins with upcoming events and open jobs, both of which pertain to people, the most important component of CFD. There are many upcoming opportunities for us to meet again in-person in this “late pandemic” era. For those of you who prefer long-form news, there’s a collection of very interesting papers and videos. Two of the videos delve into fluids beginning at the quantum level and with machine learning. After that it’s the usual culprits including applied CFD and new software releases. Shown here is a bit of a flame simulated with OpenFOAM. You’ll have to click through for the full reference.



Geometry (left) and CFD results (right) from a simulation of propeller efficiency for electric aircraft.

Reading and Watching

The recent release of Azore CFD 2022R1 includes the ability to create animations of transient solutions. Image from

CFD for…

Not Quite CFD

  • My fellow blogger here at Cadence, Paul McLellan, published a video back in 2020 titled “EDA 101 – Introduction to Electronic Design Automation.” For someone new to EDA [i.e. me], it is a great introduction to the field and explains some of the terms. [“IP” had me confused for quite some time.] The video also includes an interesting compare and contrast of designing a chip versus designing and airplane that I think all us aeros should watch and think about.
  • While we’re on the topic of the secret lives of electrons, here’s something I never would’ve predicted. I was interviewed for an article in Semiconductor Engineering magazine about CFD and how it dovetails with EDA.
  • And while we’re on the topic of me [because it’s all about me, me, me], here’s an interview I did with Revolution in Simulation recently. If you’re unfamiliar with Rev Sim, it “provides professional resources and a collaborative community to help increase the value of engineering simulation software (CAE) investments through the Democratization of Simulation.”
Volume rendering of a flame from the paper Fast reactive flow simulations using analytical Jacobian and dynamic load balancing in OpenFOAM. See an even cooler image on LinkedIn.


  • Dr. Flender [the holding company, not the person] acquired Flow Science bringing the CFD company alongside Flender’s other assets such as MAGMA (metal casting) and SIGMA (injection molding).
  • The NextSim EU project plans to build upon the existing CODA CFD code “to run simulations on today’s High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters as well as on upcoming extreme-scale parallel computing platforms” for aeronautics applications.
  • Corvid announced that Coreform’s Cubit will be the preferred preprocessor for Velodyne, their high strain rate, high deformation materials simulator.
  • Ansys 2022 R1 was released.
  • Intelligent Light’s Kombyne can be used for computational steering of your CFD simulation and comes in a free version and a version that’s more full-featured.
  • RhinoCFD was recently updated.
  • IronCAD Mechanical 2022 is now available.

Painterly Precise Abstraction

Daniel Mullen’s geometric abstractions carry a strong sculptural sense such that I immediately draw comparisons with the work of Donald Judd. Here the abstraction to me is less about the rhythmic precision and more about the visual interaction of form and color. Or as the artist says, “that is only the scaffolding for the viewer to locate themselves within.”

First seen on Colossal, more about the artist and his work can be found at

Daniel Mullen, Future Monuments 43. Image from See link above.

P.S. To all of you who are fans of American football, here’s wishing you an enjoyable Super Bowl Weekend. Football is my favorite sport (to watch) and the only one I invest any time in and my wish is for a competitive game. I’ll be rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals because I have family living there and because of Skyline Chili.

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