Pointwise Version 18.0 R2 is now available for download and production use. This is the first production update to the recently-launched Version 18 which represented a major upgrade in meshing capabilities. In this new release, Glyph can be called from virtually any other scripting language including Python and Perl. Interfaces to three CFD solvers have been updated and several user interface enhancements have been added.
If you missed the webinar, “Unstructured Quad & Hex Meshing Using Pointwise”, you can watch the recorded webinar in which we highlight four new major features available in Pointwise V18: quad-dominant surface meshing, farfield shape creation, unstructured hexahedral dominant boundary layer meshing, and volumetric sources. Starting with an existing aircraft geometry, we demonstrate the entire meshing process beginning with the generation of a quad-dominant surface mesh. Areas of high curvature are then resolved, followed by generation of farfield boundaries using the latest shape creation utilities. The same shape creation utilities are then used to define a source that provides off-body volumetric grid refinement to help track flow features of interest. The volume mesh is generated using T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion), our unstructured viscous meshing algorithm, which extrudes stacks of flow-aligned hexahedra and prisms that smoothly transition to an isotropic tetrahedral farfield. Lastly, we examine the volume mesh cell quality using several of the many mesh quality metrics available to users of Pointwise.
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This year's AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition is at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Since Grapevine is only 30 minutes from our office in Fort Worth, Pointwise will have a large presence at the conference. Our staff will be presenting papers in technical sessions, demonstrating software and answering technical questions in the exhibit hall, and hosting a reception on Wednesday evening. We hope to see you at any and all of these activities so we can welcome you to Texas.