Can’t wait until the next edition of Engineer Innovation to get your fix of the latest Simcenter news? Fear not, we’ve got you covered – just head over to our blog to find out what’s new and what we’ve been working on.

We’re sure you’ll find plenty of fun, interesting and informative articles there. And just to prove it, here are a few recent highlights.

Saving lives with CFD Unfortunately, it looks as though we will be living with COVID-19 for some time. However, we’re in a much better position to deal with it now, and that’s in no small part down to CFD simulations carried out in both industry and academia across the world.

Earlier this year, Prashanth Shankara wrote about all the ways Simcenter solutions have been used in the fight against the pandemic.

Want to know how safe school classrooms are depending on the level of ventilation? Engineering firm JB&B used Simcenter Flovent to find the answer.

How can we protect bus drivers and passengers from infection? Hearaeus Noblelight used Simcenter STAR CCM+ to help develop a novel ultraviolet-C (UVC) air purifier that eliminates 99.999% of viruses in the air in just a few minutes.

You can also find out how CFD simulations can predict the spread of droplets from a single cough in an aircraft and how the risk of virus transmission can be minimised.

And with many people now returning to the office, you’ll be happy to know that Simcenter STAR CCM+ is being used to analyse the risk to individuals and inform how HVAC and indoor ventilation systems can be redesigned to reduce virus transmission.

20 years of Towel Day This year saw the 20th anniversary of the death of author Douglas Adams. As a big fan of his most famous work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Stephen Ferguson decided the best way to celebrate Towel Day was to investigate the aerodynamics of the freefalling sperm whale from the novel.

The whale lived for less than 2 minutes after spontaneously coming into existence several miles above the planet Magrathea, but thanks to the Hitchhikers Guide we know every single thought that crossed the poor creature’s mind during its brief existence.

Don’t worry too much about how the whale came to be there, instead marvel at how Stephen used Simcenter STAR-CCM+ to calculate exactly how far the whale fell, how fast it was travelling, and how big the resulting impact crater would have been.

Putting the AI into CFD Ever wondered about the value of Artificial Intelligence(AI) in CFD?

Perhaps you’ve never considered it. Or maybe you’ve heard some of the myths which cause people to discount it.

Christina Kothlow and Krishna Veeraraghavan got together to explain just how important AI can be for CFD and dispel the common myths.

They provided a useful summary of AI before going on to illustrate some real-world applications of AI in CFD.

You can read about how the Simcenter Engineering Services team trained a neural network to the predict the average temperature of a vehicle. And how the same team worked with their colleagues in Predictive Analytics to build a convolutional neural network to predict the surface temperature distribution inside a vehicle cabin.

There’s also an example of how Simcenter STAR-CCM+ combined with AI helped Subaru drastically reduce the time to identify the link between fluid flow at multiple crank angles to tumble intensity at top dead centre.

And there’s an opportunity for you to get involved by completing a brief survey on the role of AI in CFD.

The sky’s the limit Simcenter is used for so many incredible projects across the world it’s impossible to tell you about all of them. But we’re always thrilled to see engineers pushing our software to the limit and we’ve done our best to pick out the top ten best innovations which have been shared publicly.

Lifesaving medical drones, street theatre machines, and flying river taxis are just some of the uses of Simcenter you can read about in Prashanth Shankara’s roundup. Or you might be more interested to see how Formula 1 aerodynamics are used in supermarket fridges. It will certainly make you think differently on your weekly shop!

So as you can see, there’s always a diverse range of interesting and exciting applications of Simcenter tools featured on our blog. And with new posts being published every day, you’ll never be short of something new and exciting to discover!