By Jed E. Marquart, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University; Derick S. Endicott, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Student, Ohio Northern University; Carolyn Dear Woeber, Manager of Support and Consulting, Pointwise, Inc.
The reduction of the drag force on all types and shapes of objects has historically been, and remains, a major focus of aerodynamicists and fluid mechanics researchers everywhere. Aircraft, automobiles, rockets, boats, and a multitude of other devices and components suffer from the ill effects of viscous and form drag.
Talking to engineers evaluating our software has made it apparent that many people think that all mesh generators use an underlying geometry that is discrete in nature, when in fact Pointwise can import, manipulate and mesh the two basic geometry types: analytic and discrete.
Pointwise makes beautiful grids, but no one makes grids just for art's sake. Pointwise only fills an intermediate step in the analysis process. In order to be useful, grids must be exported to some other analysis software, requiring the grid and boundary condition zone information to be arranged and formatted into the form that other software can read.
Pointwise wants you to show off your Pointwise and Gridgen meshing experiences with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) community. We are seeking presenters who want to share the secrets of their successes at the Pointwise User Group Meeting on 19-20 March 2013 in Fort Worth, TX.