Pointwise at AIAA Aviation Forum 2019

This year’s AIAA Aviation Forum is at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, Texas. Pointwise will have staff at the conference presenting papers in technical sessions, demonstrating software and answering technical questions in the exhibit hall We will also be hosting a reception. Hope to see you at any and all of these activities.

Start the Week Off by Celebrating Pointwise’s 25th Anniversary

Pointwise 25th Anniversary

Pointwise is celebrating our 25th anniversary with a reception at AIAA Aviation Forum 2019. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while talking to the Pointwise crew. Whether you want to corner a support engineer for some inside technical tricks, share your throw-back stories of the good ol’ days, or just kick back and relax, this will be the place to be.


Date and Time for the Session

Sunday, 16 June 2019
5:30–8:30 p.m.


Hilton Anatole – Dallas Texas
Room: De La Salle
Hotel Map

Attend a Pointwise Presentation

Progress in Geometry Modeling and Mesh Generation Toward the CFD Vision 2030

John Chawner, Pointwise, Inc.; Nigel Taylor, MBDA UK Ltd.

X-38 spaceplane
This X-38 spaceplane was meshed with hexahedra in the boundary layer and tetrahedra in the farfield.

Since its publication in 2014, the CFD Vision 2030 Study has become a touchstone against which CFD organizations of all types have measured their tools and techniques and set aspirations for their practices and processes. The study’s authors identified five classes of impediments that would have to be overcome in the years between 2014 and 2030 to achieve the vision. Geometry modeling and mesh generation were cited as major, contributing factors to those impediments. This presentation assesses progress in geometry modeling and mesh generation in the five years since the study’s publication and imagines how further progress in those areas can make geometry and meshing invisible to the CFD practitioner.

Date and Time for the Session

Monday, 17 June 2019
4:30-5 p.m. CST
AIAA full presentation schedule


Room: Obelisk A
Session: CFD-03: Special Session: Progress Towards CFD Vision 2030

Mixed-Order Curving for Viscous Meshes

Steve Karman, Pointwise, Inc.

Crinkle cut near wing-tip span station of ONERA M6
Crinkle cut near wing-tip span station of ONERA M6 case showing high order nodes and surface curvature.

In the presentation, he explains how linear hybrid unstructured meshes are elevated to mixed-order meshes in response to geometry curvature. The linear meshes are elevated to quadratic, cubic or quartic degree on an element-by-element basis in regions of high geometry curvature. Details of the mesh elevation and smoothing process are described. Several 3-D examples are included that demonstrate the effectiveness of the method to produce high quality mixed-order meshes.

Date and Time for the Session

Wednesday, 19 June 2019
10-10:30 a.m. CST
AIAA full presentation schedule


Room: Obelisk A
Session: CFD-11: High-Order Methods and Mesh Mechanics

Summary of Exascale and Remeshing Efforts for the Second Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop

Carolyn Woeber, Pointwise, Inc.; James Masters, National Aerospace Solutions, Arnold AFB; David McDaniel, University of Alabama Birmingham

The High Lift Common Research Model Revision 2
The High Lift Common Research Model Revision 2 (HL-CRM Rev 2) geometry model was used in the creation of Class 8.5 and 10.5 meshes for the Second Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop.

The presentation is about the Class 10.5 (31 billion cells) resolution mesh that workshop participants were challenged to create on the HL-CRM Rev2 geometry model. Designed to break CAE tools and processes, this case enabled participants to explore what limitations and roadblocks currently prevent mesh generators from creating exascale resolution meshes. Lessons learned from participant data will be presented to help the meshing community address these bottlenecks before the year 2030 when a Class 10.5 resolution is projected to be considered a medium resolution mesh.

Learn about the HL-CRM Rev 2 remeshing effort workshop participants also undertook to document and understand how meshing processes, resource usage, and timings changed since the first Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop. Participant data will be shared in a discussion on how meshing this benchmark geometry evolved in the time between workshops.

Date and Time for the Session

Wednesday, 19 June 2019
2-2:30 p.m. CST
AIAA full presentation schedule


Room: Wyeth
Session: MVCE-03: Second Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop: Lessons Learned

For the AIAA full presentation schedule, go to the Technical Program/Detailed Agenda page on the AIAA Aviation Forum.

Say Hello to the Pointwise Staff at Booth #314

Come by the Pointwise booth (#314) anytime during exhibit hours to meet some of the staff from Pointwise.

Pointwise, Inc.

Booth #314
Floor Plan

Exhibit Hours

Tuesday, 18 June
1–4:30 p.m.
6:30–8 p.m. (reception)

Wednesday, 19 June
8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 20 June
8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.