CFD in 2014

cfd in 2014

When a reader asked me whether there would be a post for CFD in 2014, I realized it is time to think about 2014.  CFD in 2013 is entering its grave. This post is the final nail in the coffin for that old post. So, it's time to talk about CFD  in 2014. Of course, I don't ...

Why isn’t open source CFD solution for everyone?


When open source CFD solution is talked, two familiar statements are often heard:  Open source CFD solution is cheap because nothing can be cheaper than free.  Open source CFD solution is inferior, otherwise, why is it free? Both … [Continue reading]

CFD in 2013: what will change? what will not

Obviously, the doomsday didn't come. It proves again it is hard to predicate what will happen when you don't have sufficient knowledge of how the system works now. Maybe it is just a bug in Mayan's calendar (Google also forgot to put December in … [Continue reading]

From post-processing and visualization to simulation result exploration


We all know post-processing because it is part of CAE. All textbooks teach you how important the post-processing is. For most Generation Y engineers, post-processing (and maybe even the whole CAE) almost equal to visualization as discussed in this … [Continue reading]

The best 3 answers to “Why is visulization important for CFD?”


Last year, FieldView jumped into Altair's bed, and now got a baby named AcuFieldView in the latest AcuSolve package. Recently, FLOW 3D was married happily with EnSight (CEI), and will get EnSight 10 integrated into FLOW 3D in a few months (this … [Continue reading]

Top 5 misunderstandings on (good) mesh


Although there are quite a few mesh-free (mesh-less) FEA and CFD codes, meshing is still one of the most important tasks for most CAE users. The importance of generating high-quality mesh can never be overemphasized. But how to define a … [Continue reading]

Ease of use, why is it important for CAE software?


If you happened to touch a real punch card in your university time, you probably would be surprised to find out most CAE software companies are touting "ease of use" for their software. CAE software is still not a mass product for the time being. … [Continue reading]

Partnership in CAE Industry


Like in any other industries, the partnership is not new among CAE players, big or small. A technical partnership usually creates a win-win situation; at least, this is the major intention of forming the partnership. The two parties involved … [Continue reading]

CAE in the Cloud, Is It Just Hot Air?


Cloud computing now is one of the fastest growing sectors in the IT industry. How will this affect the CAE industry? Actually, cloud computing is not new for CAE industry, especially for CFD users. 15 or 20 years ago, when you accessed … [Continue reading]

Navier-Stokes vs lattice Boltzmann: will it change the landscape of CFD?


For most people,  CFD is about continuity and Navier-Stokes equations.  But this is not always true. One of the alternatives for CFD simulation is the lattice Boltzmann equation (LBE), where the fluid is treated as fictitious mesoscopic particles … [Continue reading]

Bet on ecosystem or on disciplines?

The demand for simulation is growing in almost all industries and in all regions. This generates sufficient momentum for the organic growth in CAE industry. Even during the last global recession (2008-2009), most CAE companies reported about a … [Continue reading]

The Big 6 in CAD/CAE/PLM software industry (2011)

big 5

According to the Global Software Top 100 (2011 edition), 6 CAD/CAE/PLM software companies are among the top 100. They are Dassault Systèmes, Autodesk, PTC, Siemens (UGS),  Mentor Graphics and ANSYS. Dassault and Siemens have the complete ecosystem: … [Continue reading]

CAEWatch, WTF?


CAE Watch is the information hub for CAE professionals. From respected industry experts of finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), product lifecycle  management (PLM), we will bring you the in-depth analysis on the computer … [Continue reading]