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Mastering Hybrid Meshing for Wind Turbines
Posted Thu June 23, 2011 @02:29PM
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Announcements Pointwise, Inc. will host How to Master Hybrid Meshing for Wind Turbines on July 13th at 11 AM CDT.

Learn how to use Pointwise’s hybrid techniques to accurately capture the large range of flow-scales when meshing horizontal axis wind turbines.


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The webinar will be conducted by Dr. Chris Sideroff and Travis Carrigan. They will demonstrate the relative merits of structured and unstructured grids and show how hybrid meshing reduces the effort required to generate complex meshes.

Additionally, the webinar will show how to construct high quality boundary layer and wake region meshes using extrusion techniques. The Sandia National Laboratory’s CX100 horizontal axis wind turbine will be the basis for demonstrations of how to save time creating reliable meshes using Pointwise. Questions will be answered throughout the hour-long webinar, which will be moderated by Dr. Richard Matus.

Openings are limited, so early registration is advised.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is heavily used in designing horizontal axis wind turbines because their size and interactions with the surrounding environment prohibit environmental, experimental testing. Time-saving techniques for generating accurate CFD meshes are, therefore, particularly valuable to the wind energy industry. The amount of effort spent on research and development of more efficient green energy designs has increased along with demand. Horizontal axis wind turbines have become one of the largest sources of green energy.

Dr. Sideroff is a technical sales engineer for Pointwise. He joined the Pointwise staff in September 2007 after working as a petroleum engineer for the NATCO Group, a CAD engineer for ARV Development, and a computer technician for Harddata Ltd. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in 2009.

Mr. Carrigan joined Pointwise as a technical sales engineer after completing his M.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011. He interned at Pointwise beginning May 2008, producing demonstration and application videos and working in technical support, doing grid projects and quality assurance testing. His thesis subject was “Aerodynamic Shape Optimization of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.”

Dr. Matus, vice president of sales and marketing, joined Pointwise during its first year of operation. Previously, he was product manager for the RAMPANT computational fluid dynamics (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 Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for CFD. The company’s Pointwise and Gridgen software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), Mac and Unix, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and Pointwise Glyph, Gridgen Glyph and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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