Meshing Challenges from a Commercial Software Perspective

by Steve L. Karman Jr., Ph.D., Nicholas J. Wyman, and John P. Steinbrenner, Ph.D., Pointwise, Inc.

Meshing Challenges from a Commercial Software Perspective

Challenges in mesh generation were aptly described in the NASA CFD Vision 2030 Study. A quote from the study’s executive summary is “Mesh generation and adaptivity continue to be significant bottlenecks in the CFD workflow, and very little government investment has been targeted in these areas.” This article discusses topics important to the mesh generation community that are relevant to addressing the goals of the NASA study from the perspective of a developer of commercial meshing software.

Pointwise Coming to South Korea and Germany

Pointwise is bringing its Let’s Talk Meshing series of events to South Korea in October and Germany in December. We will be showing how Pointwise makes CFD analysis more efficient and trouble-free, and giving examples of Pointwise applied to real life engineering problems. There will also be plenty of time for questions on meshing and CFD. Both events are open to anyone and there is no charge, so we hope to see you there.

Pointwise Aids Bid to Make World’s Fastest Bike

The Human Power Team is comprised of students with a shared goal: to build a highly advanced recumbent bicycle capable of breaking the world record for the fastest human alive. We will put our bike, the VeloX, to the test for the seventh time in the annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada. This year the Human Power Team will focus purely on the world record for women, which was set at 121.81 km/h by Barbara Buatois in 2010.

Report from the 1st AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop

The 1st AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop was held in Denver, Colorado on 3−4 June 2017 prior to the AIAA Aviation Forum. The goals of this new workshop were threefold: to assess the current state-of-the-art in geometry preprocessing and mesh generation as applied to aircraft and spacecraft systems, to identify areas of needed improvement, and to develop a foundation for development of best practices. In particular, the NASA High Lift Common Research Model Wing-Body was meshed and the meshing process document by workshop participants.