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Applications

Aerospace Applications of Pointwise's CFD Mesh Generation

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Pointwise's meshing software has been applied to virtually every major military aircraft and spacecraft in the last 30 years including the F-16, F-15, F-18, F-22, F-35, F-117, B-2, E-2C, P-3C, Space Shuttle, Space Station and more.

Whether you seek structured grids, overset grids, unstructured meshes, or fully hybrid meshes, the select applications below illustrate how Pointwise can contribute to your CFD.

If automation is your goal, several of these applications are examples of Pointwise's scripting capability being used to partially or fully automate mesh generation with templates and macros.

Making Aircraft Quieter

NASA's Quiet Aircraft Technology Program

The goal of NASA's Quiet Aircraft Technology (QAT) program is to reduce perceived aicraft noise by 50 percent in… (more)

Automating High-Lift Systems

High-Lift System

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a long time client of VINAS Co., Ltd. (VINAS), Gridgen's distributor in… (more)

AH-64D Apache Helicopter

AH-64D Apache Helicopter

Dr. Earl Duque of the Rotorcraft CFD Group of the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate at NASA's Ames Research Center created, using… (more)

Meshing for DPLR

DPLR Wins NASA Software of the Year

The Data Parallel Line Relaxation (DPLR) CFD code was named co-winner of NASA's Software of the Year award for 2007… (more)

E-2C Hawkeye

E-2C Hawkeye

The accuracy and flexibility of Gridgen grid generation and preprocessing CFD software combined with the robust, efficient capabilities of… (more)

F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16 with the GE F110 Engine

This grid was generated to study the incremental drag due to integration of the General Electric F110 engine in the F-16 Fighting Falcon... (more)

F-15 with Unstructured Overset

Manuevering F-15 with Overset Grids

Cobalt Solutions, LLC has used Gridgen for many years to create unstructured grids around complex aircraft and several ground vehicles... (more)

F-15E Spin Analysis

F-15E Spin Analysis

Using hybrid grids, engineers at Cobalt Solutions and Arizona State Univ. are exploring techniques that can predict the spin behavior of… (more)

F-35 Drag Reduction

F-35 Drag Reduction

At Lockheed Martin, Gridgen plays a significant role in the grids generated for aerodynamic design and drag evaluations of all three JSF variants. The flexibility of… (more)

Multi-Element Airfoil

Multi-Element Airfoil

Gridgen's hyperbolic solver was used to create this single-zone structured quad-cell grid for a multi-element airfoil. After importing the geometry definition… (more)

Overset Grid Assembly

Overset Grid Assembly

The addition of overset grid assembly (OGA) capability represents a substantial leap in functionality. The overset feature suite provides the ability to… (more)

P-3C Orion

P-3C Orion

Flying at a low observable altitude, the P-3C aircraft views the battlespace below and instantly transmits that information to U.S. Naval forces. The P-3C Orion is… (more)

Pressure Regulating Valve

Pressure Regulating Valve

Researchers at CRAFT Tech have been using Gridgen in in studies of flowfields that involve both complex geometries and physics. For such… (more)

SOFIA in a 747

SOFIA Observatory in a 747

Computer simulation is being used to help certify and ensure safety for a specially modified Boeing 747 that will carry the world's largest airborne telescope in… (more)

STOVL Jet Recirculation

STOVL Jet Recirculation

Northrop Grumman used Gridgen to generate grids for a study of hot gas ingestion for Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) vehicles… (more)

Vectored Thrust

Vectored Thrust

Gridgen helped save $750,000 in the development of an advanced fluidic thrust vectoring exhaust system for a future generation of fighter aircraft… (more)

Wright Flyer

Wright Flyer

Orville and Wilbur Wright would be amazed! Their Wright Flyer is taking off again. And Gridgen is there to help. By interweaving cutting-edge technology of today… (more)

X-15 and Parabolized Navier-Stokes

X-15

The ability of computational analyses to inform the aerodynamic design process at an early stage in the design cycle requires rapid, robust and credible… (more)

From X-Planes to JSF

From X-Planes to JSF

The images selected for use on the stamps are far more than pretty colorful pictures. These images actually depict the true physics of the air flow around the X-15… (more)