Author Archives: Rick Matus

50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight and first human orbit of the earth by Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1. How can you celebrate this momentous event? Find a Yuri’s Night party and have a blast.

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Where’s the technical meat?

We have a webinar coming up this Thursday on the topic of parametric optimization of vertical axis wind turbines. One of the engineers working on the webinar told me this morning he felt this webinar does not have as much … Continue reading

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Today is James Clark’s birthday

Today is a daily double for CFD-related birthdays. First, Pierre-Simon Laplace and now James Clark. James H. Clark was born 23 March 1944 in Plainview, Texas. If his name is still not familiar to you, maybe you know the name … Continue reading

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Today is Pierre-Simon Laplace’s birthday

Pierre-Simon Laplace was born 23 March 1749 in Normandy, France. He was a prolific mathematician and scientist, and his name shows up in numerous mathematical terms: Laplace equation, Laplace transform, and Laplacian operator. The Laplace equation is an elliptic partial … Continue reading

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Today is Claude-Louis Navier’s birthday

Claude-Louis Navier was born 10 February 1785 in Paris, France. He is famous of course for the Navier-Stokes equations named after him and George Gabriel Stokes. The Navier-Stokes describe the motion of viscous fluids and are derived by applying Newton’s … Continue reading

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Today is Ludwig Prandtl’s birthday

Ludiwg Prandtl was born in Friesing , Upper Bavaria on February 4th 1875. Why is he important? Here are just a few of his contributions to the field of fluid mechanics: defined the concept of the boundary layer and explained … Continue reading

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Meshing Philosophy: Automated or Automatic?

We like to say our meshing software is automated, not automatic. What is the distinction? The ultimate goal of automatic mesh generation is one button push to get a mesh. In this approach, every step of the mesh generation process … Continue reading

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