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Automated Meshing for Analysis in Conceptual Design
Posted Fri October 16, 2015 @04:12PM
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Announcements Pointwise will premiere a Let's Talk Meshing webcast entitled, Using Automated Meshing for Analysis in Conceptual Design on 27 October at 10 a.m. CDT (GMAT -5).

Afterwards from 11 a.m. - noon, Zach Davis, the Pointwise engineer who demonstrates the approach on the webcast, will be available online to answer your questions.

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Aircraft design is typically separated into three distinct phases: conceptual design, preliminary design, and detailed design. Each design phase is defined by varying measures of detail, and as a result many software tools used in computer-aided engineering (CAE) applications are not easily adapted to meet the disparate requirements of each design phase. OpenVSP is one tool that aims to make parametric geometry definition more suitable during conceptual design than conventional CAD packages.

In this video we demonstrate how Pointwise's scripting environment, Glyph, can be used to automate creation of viscous, anisotropic meshes suitable for high fidelity analysis such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) using a parametric generic transport aircraft model exported from OpenVSP.

In this Let's Talk Meshing webcast, you will learn how to:

  • Export analytic geometry from OpenVSP
  • Seamlessly import OpenVSP STEP files into Pointwise
  • Quickly trim and organize the geometry using Solid Modeling
  • Generate anisotropic surface and volume grids using T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion)
  • Save time and parameterize meshing through Glyph scripting

Details on the webcast and Q&A participation can be found at

The event will be hosted by Zach Davis.

Let's Talk Meshing events encompass various communication channels, including interactive forums, webinars and webcasts, that inform and equip Pointwise users. To find out about our current events or to peruse recordings from past events, please go to

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 and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

More information about Pointwise is available at

Pointwise is a registered trademark and Pointwise Glyph, T-Rex and Let's Talk Meshing are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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