The Connector

The Connector was our email newsletter until 2017. This archive includes articles about CFD mesh generation using software from Pointwise, software releases, events, customer and partner CFD applications, and tips to keep you productive.

March / April 2014

Co-Simulation for the Renewable Energy Sector

By Stefan Sicklinger, M.Sc. (hons), and Prof. Dr.-Ing. K.-U. Bletzinger, Chair of Structural Analysis, Technische Universität München


Co-Simulation for the Renewable Energy Sector

Many simulations within the field of renewable energy involve the coupling of different physics. An exemplary example is the analysis of a wind turbine. Here the structure (blades, tower, generator, gearbox, etc.) is interacting with the fluid.

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Good User Experience Begins with Entity Selection


Good User Experience Begins with Entity Selection

Pointwise gives you the ability to manipulate practically every aspect of your grid. Although this provides the ability to devote attention to the object being studied – the airfoil, turbine blade, or in this case, a landing gear assembly – it can be a cumbersome interactive task to select entities to modify individually.

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Grid Visualization and Inspection with EnSight

By Kevin Colburn, Senior Applications Engineer, Computational Engineering International, Inc.


Grid Visualization and Inspection with EnSight

Appropriate grid generation is a key aspect to obtaining a high quality CFD solution in an efficient manner. Inspection of grids to assess element quality, grid density, and grid placement is critical to the setup of computational models. In this article, we will highlight three common tools you can utilize in EnSight: coloring grid by element type, mesh display attributes, and element metrics inspection.

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Product Design, Simulation, and Meshing


Product Design, Simulation, and Meshing

Are engineers actually making design decisions based on simulation results? The 2013 State of Simulation Driven Design Report, written by Chad Jackson, says yes. But there are some surprises in the data. Our overview of this special report includes an opportunity for you to order, at no cost, the full report for your own in-depth reading.

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