Pointwise for Marine Workshop

Hamburg, Germany

Increase ship CFD simulation accuracy and efficiency with meshing flexibility. Pointwise generates high-quality, high aspect ratio meshes that are key to CFD efficiency for high Reynolds number marine simulations. Interactive demonstrations and background information will show the how and why of the automated mesh generation process in Pointwise.

Increase Ship CFD Simulation Accuracy, Efficiency with Pointwise Meshing Flexibility

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Pointwise has been used for many years for CFD preprocessing of ship hulls, propellers and appendages. It reduces the number of computational cells needed for marine CFD simulations because of its ability to generate high aspect ratio cells, critical to resolve high Reynolds number boundary layer flows, and the flexibility it provides to use different mesh topologies to suit different geometry and flow resolution needs. Using fewer cells leads to quicker turnaround times of CFD simulations.

Recent work in Pointwise has increasingly automated the mesh generation process so mesh generation turnaround times can be decreased as well. The T-Rex, anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion technique, in particular automatically generates layers of regular hexahedral cells to resolve boundary layers while conforming to specified spacing, quality, and interference specifications. The end result is high-quality, high aspect ratio cells generated quickly in an automated process.

In the workshop we will conduct live, interactive demonstrations of Pointwise meshing the Potsdam Propeller and KCS ship hull test cases, and we will present technical background information about the how and why of the meshing techniques developed and honed with many years of experience in Pointwise.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Attendees do not have to be customers of Pointwise.

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Date and Location


12 November 2019


Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg
Marseiller Str. 2
20355 Hamburg, Germany
Room: Sao Paulo


Monday, 11 November 2019
13:00-17:00 Advance Your Meshing - Consultation Time
19:00 Dinner for Early Arrivals
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
9:30 Registration/Coffee and Snacks
10:00 Welcome and Introductions
10:15 Pointwise Technology Overview
Rick Matus, Ph.D., Pointwise, Inc.
11:00 Interactive Pointwise Meshing Demonstration – Potsdam Propeller Test Case
Rick Matus, Ph.D., Pointwise, Inc.
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Interactive Pointwise Meshing Demonstration – Potsdam Propeller Test Case, cont.
Rick Matus, Ph.D., Pointwise, Inc.
14:00 Mesh Topology Study for the Potsdam Propeller Test Case
Rick Matus, Ph.D., Pointwise, Inc.
14:45 Break
15:00 KCS Ship and Hex Core Meshing Case Study
Uli Fuchs, CFD Beratung
15:45 Questions and Answers
17:00 Close

Workshop Presenters

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Rick Matus

Rick Matus joined Pointwise during its first year of operation. He leads the sales and marketing activities. Previously, Dr. Matus was product manager for the RAMPANT CFD solver, predecessor of Fluent, at Fluent, Inc. and for several years supervised and performed applied CFD at General Dynamics Fort Worth Division. Dr. Matus earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1981, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986.

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Uli Fuchs

Uli Fuchs, the owner of CFD Beratung, studied aerospace engineering at Universität Stuttgart until 1990. After leaving university, he worked at a company with a small CFD group using PHOENICS. Some years later, he joined the newly founded German branch of AEA Technology supporting their CFD codes CFX-4 and CFX-5. Mr. Fuchs co-founded CFD Consultants GmbH to provide CFD services. This venture led him to create CFD Beratung in 2003 and become the Pointwise distributor in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.