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Pointwise Adds Overset Grid Assembly to CFD Meshing Software

imr-maestro-2013-300x300Today Pointwise announced the latest release of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) meshing software featuring direct integration with overset grid assembly (OGA) software.

The integration of grid generation and overset grid assembly represents a vast improvement over the hodge-podge of disparate tools typically employed by practitioners of overset CFD,” said Nick Wyman, Pointwise director of applied research. “What we are releasing today for production use is the result of a multi-year research effort Pointwise conducted with funding from the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Air Force Materiel Command. That research was followed by a full year of fine-tuning in preparation for release to all our customers.”

Overset gridding is a technique that avoids the topological complexity of generating abutting, point-to-point connected, multi-block grids by allowing the component grid blocks to overlap. The price paid for that flexibility is the need to ensure a sufficient degree of overlap so the CFD solver can accurately share data between the component grids. The overlap is computed using overset grid assembly software. Users of OGA software typically rely on a circuitous collection of home-grown tools that are patched together. By integrating OGA (in the form of the PEGASUS and Suggar++ software packages) with Pointwise, the entire process is made more efficient.

Pointwise has been a proud, long-time sponsor of and participant in the bi-annual Overset Grid Symposium,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “This release of Pointwise helps us continue our integral relationship with that community.”

Other features in Pointwise Version 17.3 R1 include improved support for PLOT3D, ANSYS Fluent®, STL, and NX files, a more robust T-Rex, anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion, hybrid mesher, and several user experience enhancements.

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