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Meshy Award Winner, Branch Technology

Meshy Award Winner for 2016

This year's winners of the Pointwise Meshy Award Contest are C. Bruce Hilbert, Ph.D. and Melody Rees of Branch Technology. The winning 3-D structured Pointwise grid was used for the purpose of printing a 3-D pavilion on view at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee.

All Entries for the Meshy Award Contest

Multiple, high-resolution images for each Meshy Award entry have been posted to a Facebook photo album. Here is a brief overview of each entrant.

C. Bruce Hilbert & Melody Rees

Branch Technology

C. Bruce Hilbert & Melody Rees

This grid was created for the purpose of 3D printing a pavilion that is on display in Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, TN.

Peter Cavallo


Peter Cavallo

This is a mixed-element unstructured grid of a representative tanker aircraft for Navy refueling simulations. Specific areas of concern for mesh resolution and mesh structure were the wing wake, wing tip vortex, and engine exhaust plume, all of which impact the receiver aircraft. Grid generation exploited structured and unstructured surface domains, structured block creation, T-Rex extrusion of hexahedral and prismatic cells, and baffle surfaces for controlling tip vortex grid spacing.

Ying Liao

University of Bern

Ying Liao

The leading role in the grid is the famous target of Rosetta mission: Comet 67P/Churyumov– Gerasimenko. It is built based on a public shape model released by European Space Agency to provide the surface boundary condition for Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method simulations of the rarefied gas flow field.

Sean Quallen

University of Idaho

Sean Quallen

This grid is a full-system overset grid of a spar-buoy floating offshore wind turbine, modeled after the National Renewable Energy Laboratory conceptual model used in the Offshore Code Comparison Collaboration. The grid contains ~20 million points overall and was used in elaborate 2-phase CFD simulations which included a newly developed mooring line restoration model, irregular waves and turbulent wind, and an inertial rotor model for rotational velocity predictions.

Tessa Uroić

University of Zagreb

Tessa Uroic

The mesh was made for simulations and calculation of forces acting on a Gorlov helical wind turbine. The turbine has three blades helically wrapped around the rotating axis with aeroprofiles in the cross section. The mesh is block structured, has 4.2 million cells in the rotating zone and 6 million cells in the farfield.