The Talking CFD Podcast

A show for entrepreneurial engineers who want to take their CFD businesses to the next level. Whether you provide services or create products. Whether you’ve started a business, or you’re just thinking about it — join me learning lessons from those who’ve been there & done it already.

Talking CFD Social

Not your usual Talking CFD episodes & definitely not an interview. Rather it’s a series of conversations between two friends who’ve both been CFD-ing for a while & take an interest in what’s been, what’s what & what’s to come in CFD. All the shows »


It’s always a pleasure to talk to a guest that has been at the top of our industry long enough to help shape how it looks today. Professor Charles Hirsch founded NUMECA 25 years ago, and has grown it into one of the pillars of commercial CFD, particularly »

Ingrid Cloud

In this episode, I’m joined by Sebastian Desand & Johan Hoffman, two of the founding team behind Ingrid Cloud. If Ingrid Cloud isn’t on your radar yet, it’s an innovative new cloud CFD platform that’s driving towards CFD without manual intervention. »

Resolved Analytics

It’s always good for me to speak to other CFD consultants. It’s an opportunity to compare notes & to make sure that I’m not missing out on “one weird trick to double your business” that no one told me about. Today I’m talking to Stewart Bible of Resolved »


I enjoy all the interviews, but I particularly enjoyed this one — part-business, part-history lesson, in a good way. I’m joined by Eugene de Villiers to talk about the company he co-founded — Engys. Alongside discussing Engys, it’s products and services »


This episode is both, the second GPU-related show of the season, and also a cloud simulation episode. As the company on today’s show is innovating on both these fronts, with their GPU CFD code and their cloud simulation platform. Today I’m talking with »

CFD Support

No season of this podcast would be complete without one or two OpenFOAM-related episodes, so here we are. I’m talking with Luboš Pirkl, one of the co-founders of CFD Support, a multi-faceted CFD company based in Prague, Czech Republic. We dive into some »


New Episode – New Tech. In this one we’re looking at the move towards GPUs for compute & talking about that with Envenio - one of the CFD companies looking to take maximum advantage of this emerging hardware trend. I’m not super-familiar with what you »


In this episode I’m joined by Bartosz Górecki & Wojciech Regulski, two of the founders of QuickerSim, a Warsaw-based company behind the MATLAB CFD toolbox of the same name. We talk about their experiences as part of a startup accelerator — including »

Women In CFD Roundtable

This episode is another departure from our regular interview shows. I’m joined by a panel of 5 guests who kindly shed some light on a few of the issues facing women in CFD today. Our expert panel includes Chris Wolfe, Althea de Souza, Aniko Rakai, Irena »

Bonusode - The OpenFOAM Files

Talking CFD Season 03 is finally underway & we’re kicking off with a little “bonus” episode to get the ball rolling. I was invited to talk about the podcast at last year’s (2017) ESI OpenFOAM conference. Being an OpenFOAM conference, the talk focussed »

EP22 - Joana Bretz of CINAR Brazil

It’s the last episode of Season 02 & we’ve covered some ground in those 10 episodes. Both in terms of the types of CFD we’ve featured & the countries we’ve touched. So I’m pleased to round out the season with a combination of the two. I’m joined by Joana »

EP21 - Mark Gammon of ITI

Today we’re talking about an integral part of most CFD processes that often gets ignored. It comes before we start our CFD process, yet often has a huge impact on that process — CAD. I’m chatting with Mark Gammon, Technical Director of the Cambridge »

EP20 - Althea de Souza of NAFEMS

Towards the end of the season I like to throw in a couple of slightly different episode types, see Jeff’s Sales Masterclass as an example. This is one of those different episodes where we aren’t talking about the CFD business. Today we’re discussing »

EP19 - Sandip Jadhav of CCTech

In this episode, I’m talking with Sandip Jadhav, one of the founders of CCTech - the team behind a host of CFD-related projects. We couldn’t do them all justice, so we focused on two of their more well-known projects, Simulation Hub (a cloud CFD platform »

EP18 - Robin Bornoff of Mentor Graphics

I managed to find another Robin to talk CFD with today. Robin Bornoff has been with Mentor Graphics - Mechanical Analysis Division (& Flomerics before that) for 20+ years, focussed on delivering “good science to engineers.” So he’s well placed to discuss »

EP17 - Mark Seymour of Future Facilities

I’m joined in this episode by Mark Seymour, one of the founding team behind Future Facilities, a CFD company focused on the data centre & electronics cooling sectors. In addition to the origins, focus and growth of the company, we get to talk about Mark »

EP16 - Darrin Stephens & Chris Sideroff of Applied CCM

Today is the first episode with 2 guests — Darrin Stephens & Chris Sideroff — business partners in Applied CCM & based in Australia & Canada respectively. Whilst Applied CCM have several CFD-related activities, this interview is essentially all about »

EP15 - Franjo Juretić of Creative Fields

In this episode I’m joined by Franjo Juretić, one of the founders of Creative Fields & the primary developer behind their CFD meshing toolkit - cfMesh. Franjo & I discuss how a part-time project, that would only take a couple months to finish, turned »

EP14 - Nicolas Tonello of Renuda

In this episode I’m talking with Nicolas Tonello of Renuda about running a successful CFD consultancy / development / training business. We also open the box on Code_Saturne - an open-source CFD software that you may not know too much about. Nicolas »

EP13 - Kelly Senecal of Convergent Science

Welcome to Season Two Today I’m talking with Kelly Senecal, one of the founding team behind Convergent Science. He tells me about how the days spent hand-crafting meshes led to them to develop CONVERGE CFD. Their own CFD package which automagically handles »

EP12 - Talking CFD Live

It’s the final episode of the season & if the previous episode was a little different, then this one is a lot different. I was joined by almost the full cast of the first season for an hour long Q&A session, originally broadcast live on YouTube. Our »

EP11 - Jeff Waters on Sales

As the first season if the podcast is draws to a close, I thought I’d try something a little different with this last 1-to-1 interview. The overall goal of the podcast is to provide useful, interesting content that might help people elevate their CFD »

EP10 - Stefan Harries of CAESES

In this episode I’m joined by Stefan Harries, one of the co-founders of Friendship Systems, the team behind CAESES, a software package that makes parametric shape optimisation for CFD, a breeze. Stefan & I discuss: whether parametric shape optimisation »

EP09 - Karim Fahssis of MeteoPole

In today’s episode I had the opportunity to talk to Karim Fahssis - an MIT awarded innovator, a bicycle adventurer and the co-founder of multiple businesses in the CFD space. We cover some ground, mainly around CFD in the wind power industry & doing business »

EP08 - Fred Mendonça of OpenCFD

Today I’m joined by Fred Mendonça of OpenCFD to chat about the challenges of running a business where the primary offering (OpenFOAM®) is open-source & freely-available. We dig into: where/how/if being open-source can have an impact on a code’s value »

EP07 - Haysam Telib of Optimad

In this episode I’m talking with Haysam Telib, CEO of Optimad a Turin-based consultancy & software house working in the freeform deformation & shape optimisation space. We cover some ground, including: how consulting is a great way to get ideas for »

EP06 - John Chawner of Pointwise

This week I’m joined by John Chawner, President & Co-Founder of Pointwise, the company behind the CFD meshing software of the same name. John & I discuss what it takes to build a CFD business with longevity, including: why it’s more important than »

EP05 - Patrick Hanley of Hanley Innovations

I’m joined in this episode by aerodynamics expert & software developer Patrick Hanley to talk about the business that he has built over the past 20+ years around his suite of aerodynamic software. We discuss: how Patrick’s philosophy of “putting the »

EP04 - David Heiny of SimScale

Today I’m lucky enough to catch-up with David Heiny, one of the five co-founders of SimScale — the impressive cloud simulation platform for FEA & CFD. We touch on: how software-as-a-service might help to bring simulation into design processes that »

EP03 - Wolfgang Gentzsch of UberCloud

In this episode I chat with Wolfgang Gentzsch of UberCloud - the company trying to enable HPC for simulation via the cloud – and we discuss: the evolution of UberCloud from an idea through the experimentation phase, vendor marketplace phase to a provider »

EP02 - Paul Bemis of CoolSim

In this episode I’m joined by Paul Bemis to talk about the lessons he’s learned building CoolSim — the data centre airflow modelling application — including (but not limited to ;-) their client-server approach to building a software-as-a-service offering »

EP01 - Introducing Talking CFD

In this micro-episode I give you an idea of what I hope Talking CFD will be, plus a bit of background about me. I also give you a heads-up about the upcoming, end-of-season roundtable. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to get most of the guests from this »