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► Free Software
  21 Feb, 2017 

We make our 3-D, structured, multi-block flow solver available completely for free. Read its description, download the code and example meshes at: Enjoy!

► Oil & Gas : Modelling & Simulation Best Practices & Technology Trends Frazer Nash Consulting, Dorking, UK 15 - 16 March
  20 Feb, 2017 

Background: The seminar aims are to capture latest modelling and simulation practices and issues surrounding upstream-downstream technologies, where network digitization is becoming a clear driver to scope operational excellence, in an environment where oil prices appear to have stabilised at a level, that allows both produces and solution providers, a viable business space. As part of the Upstream-Downstream space, we aim to furnish the multi- phase challenge across the U-D space, and asses few talks on downstream technologies, as part of improving efficiency,reducing downtime, where CFD-FEM / FSI, and as supported by design optimization, and ancillaries are clear contributors to success. Now, as the seminar is in the UK, where, recently, the government believe that shale gas has a greater role to play in its energy security mix, thus, we aim also to speak about unconventional gas (shale gas), and in particular, its modelling . Also, we wish to have a key discussion on the setting-up of sector dedicated test cases. This will require assessment, identification, set-up and delivery, hence, those in attendance on the day, would participate and integrate their know-how to best deliver such cases, once identified and deemed of serious use to our community. Last but not least, a brief on Bulletin 2017 delivery.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017


Coffee and Registration


Introduction: ERCOFTAC & FNC

Dr. R. Seoud &

Dr. C. Wood

Multi-phase flows , Design Optimization & Vibration


“Multi-phase flow challenges in Upstream/Downstream Applications”

Dr. S. Khanna




Some current challenges in offshore Brazilian oil production scenario: two-phase flow of heavy oil and reverse emulsion

Prof. O. Rodriguez




'Advances in MDO with some turbomachinery examples'

Dr. T. Verstraete


An optimization study of catalytic dry reforming of methane in a fixed bed reactor

Mr. A. Graham




The Application of CFD for Flow induced Vibration in Oil and Gas with a special case of flow through valves

Dr. A Twerda


Integrity of Flowlines Using CFD and Random Vibration Theory

Dr. A. Pranzitelli



Thursday, 16th March 2017





Big Data, IoT, Predictive & RT Maintenance

Dr. R. Seoud


Simulation and the IoT for O&G Industry: The Birth of the Digital Twin

Dr. R. Woolhouse

Dr. A. Haidari



Shale gas modeling


Recent developments in shale gas transport models in tight rocks

Dr. N. Malik


Oil & Gas Test cases


Oil & Gas Bulletin 2017





► 23 New/Updated CFD Jobs Since Last Week
  19 Feb, 2017 

The following new or updated CFD jobs have been posted in the  

CFD Jobs Database since last week (Sun, Feb 12, 2017):

#14117: Real Jobs, Real Income, Real Company
oj company, Contract Work
United States, CA, Oakland

#14116: PhD position in computational biofluid dynamics
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, PhD Studentship
Israel, Haifa

#14115: Postdoc Fellow in experimental fluid dynamics
Beijing CSRC, PostDoc Position
China, Beijing

#14114: Post-doctoral Researcher
MAE Department, The Ohio State University, Job in Academia
United States, Ohio, Columbus

#14113: Combustion Modelling for Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion
RMIT University, PhD Studentship
Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

#14112: PhD contract on Fluid Mechanics (3)
University Rovira i Virgili, Dept. Mech. Engineering, ECoMMFiT, Job in Academia
Spain, Tarragona

#14111: PhD contract on Fluid Mechanics (2)
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Dept. Mech. Engineering, ECoMMFiT, Job in Academia
Spain, Tarragona

#14110: PhD contract on Fluid Mechanics (1)
University Rovira i Virgili, Dept. Mech. Engineering, ECoMMFiT, Job in Academia
Spain, Tarragona

#14109: CFD of Core Noise Reduction in Jet Engines
Queen’s University Belfast, PhD Studentship
United Kingdom, Belfast

#14108: CFD and Experiment of PV/T/Heat Pump Systems
Queen’s University Belfast, PhD Studentship
United Kingdom, Belfast

#14107: ACOUTECT: Prediction environmental noise through building skins
Eindhoven University of Technology, PhD Studentship
Netherlands, Eindhoven

#14106: ACOUTECT: Room acoustic modelling of open plan spaces
Eindhoven University of Technology, PhD Studentship
Netherlands, Eindhoven

#14105: Openfoam Tecnician
Reyman, Job in Industry
Spain, Galicia, A coruña

#14104: High Performance Computing Faculty
University of Pittsburgh, Job in Academia
United States, PA, Pittsburgh

#14103: CFD 主任工程师
ENVISION, Job in Industry
China, , Shanghai

#14102: PhD studentship: adaptive high order Navier-Stokes
University of Ottawa, PhD Studentship
Canada, Ontario, Ottawa

#14101: Biomedical Researcher
king Saud University - Biomedical Technology Department, Job in Academia
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

#14100: Lead Software Developer
ANSYS Software Pvt. Ltd., Job in Industry
India, Maharashtra, Pune

#14099: Software Developer II
ANSYS Software Pvt. Ltd., Job in Industry
India, Maharashtra, Pune

#14098: Senior Software Developer
ANSYS Software Pvt. Ltd., Job in Industry
India, Maharashtra, Pune

#14042: 2 PhD positions in Computational Fluid Dynamics
INSA Rouen, PhD Studentship
France, Rouen

#13979: Lattice Boltzmann CFD Engineer
NUMECA International S.A, Job in Industry
Belgium, Brussels

#13751: CFD/ FEA Engineer
Medical Device, Contract Work

To learn more about these jobs please visit the CFD Jobs Database at

► SoftInWay and OPEN MIND Technologies Offer Total Turbomachinery Solution
  16 Feb, 2017 

Wessling (Germany), February 2017 – SoftInWay Inc. and OPEN MIND Technologies AG announce a cooperation agreement to provide a complete solution for the design, development and manufacturing of gas turbine components and other types of turbomachinery. Both companies are known for their best-in-class software platforms that provide component developers the needed productivity tools to accelerate the product development and production process while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

The AxSTREAM® Software Platform provides an integrated and streamlined approach to turbomachinery design. The software consists of a number of different modules to perform preliminary design, meanline and streamline analysis, CFD and FEA, blade profiling, and rotor dynamics, bearings analysis, and rotor design for compressors, pumps and turbines. These tools are used to produce optimal components, considering speed, power, range, and life. The interactive and user-friendly design process enables these conditions to be achieved efficiently and reliably.

hyperMILL® is a modular complete CAM solution for 2.5D, 3D, 5-axis, HSC/HPC, and mill-turning processes as well as its special applications and highly efficient automation solutions. The CAM software provides technology-leading geometry analysis and tool path calculations. There are specialized routines designed for efficient programming and machining of these components on 5-axis milling or mill-turn machines. The multi-blade and single-blade turbomachinery solutions are embedded within hyperMILL® that is applied to more broad-based milling, drilling and turning applications, allowing an all-in-one CAM system for turbomachinery developers. Robust CNC postprocessors are also provided to assure strong communication to machine tool controllers.

This partnership between SoftInWay and OPEN MIND brings product, services, sales and technical teams together for a complete software solution. Customers can work with each company to obtain tools, training and services from these industry experts. Both companies are well represented with direct employees and authorized resellers in America, Europe and Asia and look forward to collaborating together to contribute towards the advancement of the turbomachinery industry.

About SoftInWay Inc. SoftInWay Inc. is a best-in-class engineering company specializing in developing efficient turbomachinery and power plants by offering their industry leading turbomachinery development platform, AxSTREAM ® for design, redesign, and turbomachinery components, as well as engineering services and educational courses. Additionally, SoftInWay also offers AxCYCLE for the design, analysis, and optimization of thermodynamic cycles and AxSTREAM NET for secondary flows and cooling systems. You can find more information at SoftInWay Inc. 1500 District Avenue Burlington MA 01803 USA Phone: 1-781-685-4942 Fax: 1-781-685-4601 E-mail:

About OPEN MIND Technologies AG OPEN MIND is one of the world’s most sought-after developers of powerful CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming. OPEN MIND develops optimized CAM solutions that include a high number of innovative features not available elsewhere to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2.5D, 3D as well as 5axis milling/mill turning, and machining operations like HSC and HPC are efficiently built into the hyperMILL® CAM system. hyperMILL® provides the maximum possible benefits to customers thanks to its full compatibility with all current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation. OPEN MIND strives to be the best and most innovative CAM/CAD manufacturer in the world, helping it become one of the top five in the CAM/CAD industry according to the NC Market Analysis Report 2016 compiled by CIMdata. The CAM/CAD solutions of OPEN MIND fulfil the highest demands in the automotive, tool and mould manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries. OPEN MIND is represented in all key markets in Asia, Europe and America, and is a Mensch und Maschine company.

You can find more information at

OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. 1492 Highland Avenue, Unit 3 Needham MA 02492 USA Phone: +1 339 225 4557 office Phone: +1 888 516 1232 x0 toll-free Fax: +1 270 912 5822 E-mail:

OPEN MIND Technologies UK Ltd., Oxford Units 1 and 2 Bicester Business Park Telford Road Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 4LN England Phone: +44 1869 290 003 Fax: +44 1869 369 429 E-mail:

Head office: OPEN MIND Technologies AG, Argelsrieder Feld 5, 82234 Wessling, Germany Tel.: (+49-8153) 933-500, Fax: (+49-8153) 933-501 E-mail:, website:

► Development of New Vertical Line Shaft Pumps
  15 Feb, 2017 

International technology Group ANDRITZ is a global leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations. The Pumps Division of the ANDRITZ GROUP develops and manufactures customized large pumps and standard centrifugal pumps for a wide range of different applications and industries.

The challenge

Pump assembly model of a vertical line shaft pump with adjustable impeller blades.

TURBOdesign1 was introduced at ANDRITZ for hydraulic development of a new vertical line shaft pump (Fig. 1). Due to changing requirements, the pump operating range had to be shifted to higher flow rates and higher heads. Thus, there was a need to develop new runner blades and new guide vanes. The hydraulic designs were verified by CFD, including all flow-relevant components.

The TURBOdesign Result

Model test result: Head and efficiency, comparison with reference design

Compared with the old reference pump, the new design is characterized by a smaller size and by significantly higher blade loading, hence providing greater head and flow rate (s. Fig. 2). Furthermore, the efficiency at the design point (OP1) could be improved.

Read the case study in full:

“Our experience is that TURBOdesign1 provides good solutions in a very short period of time, especially when starting from scratch”

Arno Gehrer, Director of Research & Development, Pumps Division, Andritz- AG/Graz

Want to learn more about TURBOdesign1? Playback our webinar and see how the new features and enhancements in TURBOdesign Suite 6.2 enable turbocharger engineers to produce breakthrough high-efficiency designs faster than ever before:

► CFDEM® Training , Sep 2017, Austria
  16 Feb, 2017 

Austria, September 11, 2017

Intense hands-on-trainings - if you want to learn how to fully harness the power of open source DEM and CFD-DEM simulations, visit our short courses and get crucial knowlegde directly from our developers!

LIGGGHTS® Open Source DEM Engine CFDEM®coupling CFD-DEM Engine CFDEM®Workbench for LIGGGHTS®

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► Improving mining H&S through collaboration -
  22 Feb, 2017

Improving mining H&S through collaboration
By using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) advanced numerical code ANSYS Fluent, the effect of a number of system variables associated with the face ventilation systems used in blind headings could be studied. The CFD model was validated using four ...

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► Brazilian airlifter on schedule [IDEX17D3] - IHS Jane's 360
  21 Feb, 2017

IHS Jane's 360

Brazilian airlifter on schedule [IDEX17D3]
IHS Jane's 360
Throughout the trials process, test results have closely matched the predictions based on wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. Next for the KC-390 test fleet are continuing fuel, pressurisation and avionics tests, along with ...

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► Subsea hydraulic control - Engineer Live
  17 Feb, 2017

Engineer Live

Subsea hydraulic control
Engineer Live
Utilising computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multi-physics simulation and extensive testing, Oilgear has created a regulator that will not oscillate, provides excellent accuracy and has a broad range of adjustability. It's available as manually ...

► Kettering University researchers partner with company in Michigan to improve fuel efficiency - Kettering University News
  16 Feb, 2017

Kettering University News

Kettering University researchers partner with company in Michigan to improve fuel efficiency
Kettering University News
Ramadan and the students use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to analyze and change the shape and design of the expander porting and its rotors. The software allows them to do flow simulations and calculate the efficiency of different ...

► Boom! You're in Paris -
  13 Feb, 2017

Boom! You're in Paris
Dreamt of having a lunch meeting in Paris and getting back to New York City in time to tuck the kids into bed? That's what Joshua Krall of Boom Technology says his supersonic commercial jet will be able to do for you. Krall is revealing this dream at ...

► Top Chinese Supercomputer Blazes Real-World Application Trail - The Next Platform
  13 Feb, 2017

Top Chinese Supercomputer Blazes Real-World Application Trail
The Next Platform
The size and performance capabilities of the supercomputer, which is installed at the National Supercomputing Center in China, makes it an attractive choice when running computationally intensive workloads like computational fluid dynamics (CFD), used ...

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► AES Unit Commissions 16 MW Solar PV Project
  22 Feb, 2017
Interconnected to Georgia Power Co.’s transmission grid, the solar array will produce an average of 32,000 MW hours annually
► Innovative Battery Design for Grid-Scale Storage
  22 Feb, 2017
A new type of battery developed at Oregon State University may show promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage. The battery uses only hydronium ions as the charge carrier.
► National Engineers Week Marked with Programs, Online Events
  22 Feb, 2017
Celebrate the profession during the 65th annual National Engineers Week.
► 3D Printing Technique Adds Polymers to Printed Objects
  22 Feb, 2017
The technique, called “living polymerization,” yields materials whose growth can be halted and then restarted.
► Wastewater Systems for Tugboat Use
  22 Feb, 2017
ACO Marine delivered three of its Clarimar wastewater treatment units to Ukraine-based Nibulon Shipbuilding and Repair Yard.
► RES Awarded Storage Test Project for NREL Wind Center
  22 Feb, 2017
NREL will test modes ranging from frequency regulation and renewable energy integration to “black start” and seamless grid-to-island transition.

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► Dr. Gordon Reece, 1940-2017
  22 Feb, 2017
Dr. Gordon Reece, a pioneer in the computational fluid dynamics field, has died at age 76. For him role of the University lecturer was not just about the push to publish and add to the research cannon, rather he was passionate about using his position to improve the lives of
► NUMECA International and CENAERO Announce a Strategic Partnership
  21 Feb, 2017
Cenaero, leading Research Center for Aeronautics, and NUMECA International have announced a strategic partnership to combine advanced optimization and data mining technologies, in NUMECA Design and Optimization Software Environment FINE/Design3D. Cenaero is well known for its advanced simulation activities and in particular for its software tools Minamo that includes state-of-the-art
► CFD for Structural Designers & Analysts
  15 Feb, 2017
NAFEMS will hold CFD for Structural Designers & Analysts, a three-session online training course beginning February 22nd. Structural engineers often need to resort to more sophisticated thermal fluid simulations to obtain boundary conditions, loading, performance, etc. for their designs and analyses. Additionally, many engineering problems include strong interaction between structure
► French OpenFOAM Users Meeting
  13 Feb, 2017
FOAM-U, the french OpenFOAM users association, is pleased to announce the second edition of its OpenFOAM users meeting to be held in Nevers on 21st and 22nd of March. This event aims to bring together users of OpenFOAM® in France but also people simply interested in the potential applications of
► What's New in FloEFD V.16
  13 Feb, 2017
Mentor Graphics will host FloEFD v.16 - What’s New on 23rd February 2017, 11am UK Time & 10am PST. With the latest version of FloEFD software, users can now simulate the sorption (when one substance permeates another) and desorption (changing from an adsorbed state to a gaseous or liquid state)
► Automated Solution of the Inverse Problem in Electronics Cooling
    8 Feb, 2017
Siemens PLM will host Automated Solution of the Inverse Problem in Electronics Cooling on February 14th. The majority of engineering simulations involve a known geometry, prescribed conditions and computation of the predicted results. However, the design question is often posed as the inverse: I have a desired result and need


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