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shyamdsundar December 20, 2010 00:17

what if you stop doing CFD??
Hello All,

I am involved with CFD solver development for last 5 years. Probably I represent a huge group of PhD students breaking their head with the numerical aspects. :D

Lately, I have been asking myself a question:

"What if you decide to stop doing CFD? What else can you do with your skills developed in past few years?"

There should be different options available like computational finance, computer graphics, etc.

I once did a simulation of shock wave colliding with structures representing my girlfriend's name and sent it as a small gift to her. She was completely impressed, though, I was touching the edge of being a geek :D

Hobbies apart, what would you do if you want to change your field of work but use your existing skill sets? Any ideas from your side??


Lysistrata December 21, 2010 21:51


Originally Posted by shyamdsundar (Post 287800)
Hobbies apart, what would you do if you want to change your field of work but use your existing skill sets? Any ideas from your side??

It's hard for some of us nerds to separate hobbies from work. :)

I would suggest something far less intense than CFD.
I have found great joy and satisfaction in writing useful numerical code that is less than 100 lines, that runs in less than 10 seconds, and gives 10 decimal place accuracy.
There's not much money in it, but I'm not a materialist so that's not a problem for me.

siri January 27, 2011 04:23

become manager

shyamdsundar March 8, 2011 00:40

Well... I managed to put in some effort to make an android app in free time.

You can see it in link below.

Ofcourse, I will be happy if you guys buy it :)


Grayfox March 8, 2011 03:35

Hey that's a nice app you wrote there, too bad I don't have an Android :(

shyamdsundar March 9, 2011 12:08

Thanks for your encouraging comment. I will spend some more time in this now :D

shyamdsundar March 10, 2011 06:31

I am trying to incorporate some flow problems into that :D
If you are interested, you can also see the free wall paper I developed. It is based on incompressible viscous flow using Crank Nicolson scheme.

Didn't put many features in it yet.

pranab_jha March 31, 2011 12:38

Football manager
I will like to learn the trades of managing a football (soccer) team. Maybe try my hands on a small school team or something.

Also, I would probably be interested in opening a book-shop somewhere (if I have good financial backup).

giuli@ October 19, 2011 08:54

Do what I planned to do when I began my studies: being a Yacht engineer.
I am a Nautical Engineer and I wonder now if I will ever design a boat..

arjun October 25, 2011 10:21


Originally Posted by shyamdsundar (Post 287800)

"What if you decide to stop doing CFD? What else can you do with your skills developed in past few years?"



Kevin De Smet November 1, 2011 07:26

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No just kidding. I'm not even remotely that good :D

swetkyz November 7, 2011 15:15

I see three major alternatives for the CFD analyst:

1. Work as a C/C++ or FORTRAN developer.
2. "Learn" structural FEA and work in a much more heavily developed field.
3. Teach high school math, physics, or chemistry classes. November 14, 2011 15:37

Well I can see more than couple of options,

1. Get into any technical university and take up teaching profession related to fluid mechanics and dynamics
2. Develop user friendly Games using CFD programming skill set.
3. Get into management cadre into any technical organisation
4. Get some training and enter into Experimental fluid dynamics

ben1793 November 14, 2012 14:57

I am new to CFD and am wondering, did you have to learn a lot of new skills to be able to create the app or did you just use the skills you had learnt for CFD? I am asking because I am just curious on how designing apps requires the same skills as CFD, I mean do you use C++ to make the app because I thought that it would require languages like java.

abdul099 November 15, 2012 20:44

C++ is an object oriented language, just like Java. Even more, Java was developed by using some elements of C++ (and some other programming languages). So when you know C++, you probably won't have trouble with Java. When you know any other programming language and you pick up programming principles well, you will also not have much trouble using Java, it's pretty simple to code "some application".
Of course, it can get much harder to code an efficient, elegant and user friendly application, but that's an issue of every programming language.

And also for CFD, Java is not too bad. At least when you want to automate your STAR-CCM+ workflow (that's what I'm doing beside "normal" simulations), you'll not get around Java.

mihaipruna January 28, 2013 14:38

I do many things aside CFD so I wouldn't really be hurt financially, but I enjoy it more than most of the stuff I do on a daily probably I'd take a long vacation, surf a lot, then learn the ways of the fiberglass and start shaping boards...without CFD lol

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