Tips for Rapid Viscous CFD Mesh Generation

Unstructured quad-dominant mesh on an APC Slow Flyer 8 x 3.8 propeller.

Tips for Rapid Viscous CFD Mesh Generation

FORT WORTH, TX (5 March 2019) –Pointwise has released a video, “Rapid Viscous CFD Mesh Generation for Propellers” that shares some strategies to quickly construct a high-quality viscous mesh for an APC Slow Flyer 8 x 3.8 model aircraft propeller.

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Quickly constructing a high-quality surface and volume mesh for a propeller can be a very intricate process. Geometrical features such as the blade tip and hub regions, may elicit highly skewed or stretched surface elements. To compound the situation, in the chordwise direction, sufficient clustering of surface elements along the leading and trailing edges are needed to adequately capture blade surface curvature. In this video, several strategies are discussed and demonstrated using the APC Slow Flyer 8 x 3.8 model aircraft propeller with the intended purpose of mitigating the previously mentioned obstacles standing between you and the mesh you desire.

In addition to strategic suggestions, several Pointwise functions, designed to enrich the user experience and improve meshing efficiency will also be demonstrated. These functionalities include the right-click menu, toolbar shortcuts, and relevant hot-key combinations which can be used to facilitate various meshing tasks.

Discover how to:

  • Rapidly construct a high-quality mesh for a propeller geometry
  • Ensure spatial conformity among adjacent connectors using the Synchronize Spacings command
  • Quickly apply 2-D T-Rex to resolve surface curvature
  • Improve meshing efficiency with the latest user interface enhancements

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as ANSYS FLUENT®, STAR-CCM+®, OpenFOAM®, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide have relied on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution since 1994.

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Andrea Alvarado