Several new significant features have been added in our latest version, Pointwise V18.4. In this Q&A, our Product Planning Team will answer questions about the new features, the future of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and the Pointwise development plan.
In this presentation, Pointwise and SU2 are used to reduce pollutant emissions in heat exchangers. Through adjoint-based shape optimization of the heat exchanger geometry coupled with automated re-meshing, harmful CO and NOx emissions are minimized.
Watch a webinar where Amine Ben Haj Ali from Bombardier explains the Meshing & Adaptive Re-meshing Server (MARS) which automatically generates meshes. This reduces meshing time and ensures consistent meshes across geometry variations no matter who is using it.
In this webinar, Phoenix Integration and Pointwise demonstrate push-button design optimization for the front wing of a race car geometry. The tools and methodology used are highlighted and a design resulting in maximum downforce is identified.
Learn more about techniques that can be used to generate hybrid conformal meshes that span the entirety of a wind farm. In this webinar, we discuss how to efficiently move from the terrain scale of a wind farm to the wind turbine scale and how the process was automated to support the arbitrary placement of wind turbines for siting applications.
Generating high-quality automated meshes for CFD analysis has been an industry goal for more than 30 years. Meshing solution developers have spent much of those years trying to create user-independent solutions, only to be stymied by the inherent complexities of geometry models, the mesh, and the CFD solution. Pointwise researchers have made tremendous strides in this area lately by building on the work of others over the last three decades. As a result, they expect to release several new features very soon that will help make automated meshing a reality. Find out more about these latest advances.
Download the technical paper presented at AIAA SciTech 2019 that describes a process that automatically creates unstructured meshes from water-tight geometry input using Glyph scripting. Utilizing this process, one can reduce meshing time by up to 90 percent and manual input from hours to minutes.
Watch a presentation given at the Pointwise User Group Meeting about how Pointwise used custom Glyph scripts to automatically generate high-quality unstructured meshes for Engineering Sketch Pad (ESP) geometries, saving time and freeing users from repetitive and tedious tasks.
Read a case study on how Glyph scripts integrated with Pointwise can reduce meshing time from up to 15 hours to one or two, and time spent on manual input from 12 hours to a few minutes. Automation also ensures a more consistent application of best practices for higher quality results.
Learn how mesh adaptation can improve CFD solution accuracy. Mesh adaptation can automatically add finer mesh resolution in areas where it is needed by examining an error metric or flow gradients to determine where the existing mesh is not adequately resolving the flow.
One of the most frequent requests that Pointwise receives is to add native import and export capability for a grid file format. Unfortunately, there are not enough hours in the workday to fulfill all of these requests. For that reason, a plugin capability has been made available so you can easily write your own importer or exporter.
This webinar introduces a feature currently in development for mesh adaptation. It accepts from the flow solver a point cloud on which target cell sizes are specified. This point cloud is used as a clustering source in Pointwise to adapt both the volume and surface meshes.
When surfing 80-100 foot tall waves, a surfer can reach speeds as high as 50 mph. Optimization of the surfboard’s aerodynamics can contribute to stability and safety. A CFD framework featuring Pointwise’s automated meshing allowed 100 designs to be explored.
In this webinar, we will examine the tools and the framework that allowed over 100 surfboard designs to be explored, resulting in a higher speed, lower drag big wave surfboard design.
Maura Gallarotti, a master's student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, used Pointwise Glyph scripting to quickly generate families of candidate heat exchanger designs and to perform parametric studies by changing the dimensions of several geometrical parameters to assess the effect of these parameters on cooling efficiency. With no experience using Pointwise and having never heard about Tcl/Tk or Glyph she was able to write a script to completely automate the grid generation process in less than a week.
Last month several Pointwise engineers attended the 24th International Meshing Roundtable (IMR) held in Austin, Texas. We brought two grids generated for two benchmark geometries provided by the IMR steering committee. The grids were made by Carolyn Woeber, Travis Carrigan, and myself. We were pleased to hear that the grids were recognized both for their technical merit and striking visuals - they had won the Meshing Contest award.
The University of South Florida's Formula SAE racing team, USF Racing, placed 6th overall out of more than 80 teams competing at the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska in June 2015. Using Pointwise helped the team to have a successful season. Pointwise's Glyph scripting allowed for multiple simulations providing good performance estimations for their vehicle's aerodynamic package.
Pointwise recently attended the OpenVSP Workshop 2015 hosted by NASA Langley and demonstrated Glyph scripting for automated viscous anisotropic meshing of a transport aircraft from OpenVSP. With recently added support in OpenVSP 3 for exporting models as STEP files, users now have an easy way to use an analytical geometry representation in Pointwise. The Glyph script automates the meshing process and provides a recipe for recommended meshing practices that new users can adopt when creating their own meshes in Pointwise.
This video focuses on techniques for creating structured hexahedral grids with Pointwise. The relative merits of hexahedral versus tetrahedral elements on cell-centered finite volume simulations will be discussed, with special attention given to the sources and mitigation of numerical diffusion.
OpenVSP is an open source, parametric modeler used to quickly capture design intent so geometry information is easily provided in the appropriate form for various uses, including CFD. Therefore, several approaches were explored by which OpenVSP and Pointwise could be integrated to automate the volume meshing process for CFD.
Texas A&M University student Scott Evetts worked as a Pointwise intern this summer. He had no prior CFD or mesh generation experience, but he was able to accomplish a great deal in three months. Here he describes one of his Glyph scripting projects.
The primary aim of this project was to investigate the capability of using modern commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) packages (Pointwise and ANSYS Fluent®) as tools for analysis and design of rocket engine nozzles.
The 34th America's Cup will be contested this fall in San Francisco Bay in high-speed, high-tech, hydrofoiling catamarans hitting speeds upwards of 40 kts (more than 46 miles per hour). These new AC72 class catamarans are 72 feet long (22 m), 46 feet wide (14 m) with a wing mast towering 131 feet (40 m) above the water.
At the Chair for Computational Analysis for Technical Systems (CATS) at the RWTH Aachen University, a part of the group is working within the Priority Program 1273 “Colloidal Process Engineering” of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
This webinar demonstrates appropriate meshing strategies while automating the grid generation process using Glyph scripting on the NASA Common Research Model from the 4th AIAA Drag Prediction Workshop.
In this webinar we will illustrate an automated methodology that can be applied to optimizing blade design with independent CFD tools.
As a leader in wind energy, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, has installed over 41,000 turbines in 65 countries across five continents, and they continue to install wind turbines worldwide at the rate of one every four hours.