Spaghetti Bridge - image courtesy of Michelle Lowry

When my son graduated from University a few years ago with his shiny new degree in Accounting, he was eager to land his first “real job.” One that didn’t involve wearing a paper hat or asking if you’d like fries with that.

After a several interviews it became clear that he was lacking a key skill that most hiring managers were looking for: exposure and/or experience with the commercial software the company was using for their accounting process. It was shocking to learn that he had never been exposed to any of the commercial tools that are heavily used in the industry for which he was preparing to enter. Although he graduated with a strong understanding of accounting principles, future employers expected that knowledge to be coupled with hands-on experience with their standard tools.

Ah, summer holidays, the beach, the sun, brain-matter replaced from thoughts of velocities, pressures and optimizations with pina coladas… Except that I went camping close to a river. Of course, you know what happens when a CFD engineer watches a river for too long? He sees streamlines, algae flowing around bridge pillars in neat flow paths, and immediately spots a leaf following the path of least resistance… and wonders what the residence time of that leaf is. So this all got me thinking about work again.

Wild River image

Before I left for my holidays, I was trying to showcase the recirculation zones in our latest invention. Nothing would portray them as badly as I felt they were. I tried vectors, I tried streamlines, I tried scalars and overlaying various field functions on various derived parts. Nothing would do it. I'm not a Colorful Fancy Designer, I'm Dr Mesh and my speciality is meshing, so I really need to learn about these post-processing things. I read with eagerness the posts from Matthew Godo.


Obnoxious Latte


私のワールドカップへの関心は私のCD-adapcoでの初めてのプロジェクトがサッカーボールの空力にまつわるものだったので、少し個人的なものです。2010年のワールドカップボールであるAdidas Jabulaniは奇妙なフライトパスを引き起こす浅い縫い目と8パネルデザインのために多くの批判を受けました。Jabulaniはプレイヤーにとってコントロールが難しく、ゴールキーパーたちは未だにJabulaniにまつわる悪夢を何度も見ると噂されています。2010年にCD-adapcoはWilson Sporting Goodsと、サッカーボールの空気力学的挙動と新しいパネルデザインのインパクトを調査するために共同チームをたちあげました。


2014年3月に開催されたSTAR Global Conferenceのオープニングセッションにて、CD-adapcoのヨーロッパ営業担当副社長のDidier Halbronnは多領域設計探査(multi-disciplinary design exploration:MDX)における取り組みに関して話しました。このブログでは、別の方法で多領域設計探査にアプローチするSTAR-CCM+ v9.04の2つの新機能にハイライトを当てたいと思います。

CFD optimization CFD

さまざまな種類の問題に対しての、STAR-CCM+をより速くするための努力として、STAR-CCM+ v9.04では同時パーツ毎メッシング(Concurrent Per-Part Meshing:以下、CCMPと呼びます)をご提供します。


Concurrent Per-Part Concurrent can't beat the gas mileage!

It all started in 1982 when Hans Tholstrup and Larry Perkins built a solar-powered car and drove it across the entire continent of Australia. Driven by the success of their vehicle, aptly named "Quiet Achiever", they encouraged others to push the limits of alternative energy vehicles. Five years later, the very first World Solar Challenge was born. Every other year since, teams from across the globe - prominent universities and private organizations alike - converge in Darwin, Australia to make the 3.000 km trek south to Adelaide in their solar-powered vehicles using regular ol' public roads and minimal camping gear for the seven-day journey.

Emilia III


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