Webinar on Golf Club Aerodynamics Features Pointwise Software

FORT WORTH, TX (15 November 2011) – Pointwise, Intelligent Light and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga SimCenter will present a free webinar at 11 a.m. CST on 7 December that illustrates the various steps of the complete computational fluid dynamics (CFD) process typically followed in aerodynamic analyses of realistic geometries. The webinar, entitled “High-Fidelity, High-Productivity CFD Simulations of Airflow Over a Golf Club Head,” will employ a simulation of airflow over a golf club head to demonstrate the complete CFD process from geometry creation through solution post-processing.

To register for the free webinar, go to www.pointwise.com/webinars.

Presenters will be Dr. Chris Sideroff, Pointwise technical sales engineer; Prof. Steve Karman and Bruce Hilbert from UTC SimCenter, and Yves-Marie Lefebvre, sales and support engineer from Intelligent Light.

Two different types of hybrid meshes will be created: one will be made exclusively in Pointwise, highlighting its anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion (T-Rex) meshing technology, and the other will combine Pointwise with mesh generation tools developed at UTC SimCenter. Steady and unsteady CFD solutions will be computed on a distributed memory LINUX compute cluster with TENASI, a UTC SimCenter parallel-unstructured Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes code. Post-processing will be performed using FieldView by Intelligent Light, to reveal the complex features of the flow. FieldViews's unique visualization features will be demonstrated.

Topics covered in the webinar are

  • Using Pointwise for hybrid mesh generation
  • Combining Pointwise with UTC SimCenter's tools to make hybrid meshes
  • Distributed-memory, parallel CFD computations using UTC SimCenter's TENASI Navier-Stokes solver
  • Determining complex flow features using FieldView

Dr. Sideroff joined Pointwise 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. Dr. Sideroff earned a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in 2009, where his dissertation subject was “Detailed Examinations of the Human Micro-Environment by CFD.”

Professor Karman received his B.S. and M.E. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was employed at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth from 1983 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering. His area of research is mesh generation.

Mr. Hilbert has been the primary grid generator at the UTC SimCenter for almost three years. In that time, he has been the geometer on projects in a wide range of fields, including traditional aircraft, turbomachinery, watercraft, fuel cells, and waveguides. He also is engaged in active research regarding tetrahedral meshing and grid procedures involving CAD models. Before his tenure at the SimCenter, Mr. Hilbert was an associate professor of mathematics at Chattanooga State Technical Community College for a decade.

Mr. Lefebvre was a research and development engineer at Sirehna prior to joining the Intelligent Light staff in 2007. He earned an engineering degree in numerical simulation from the Institut National Polytechnic Institute de Grenoble in 2001.

For more than 25 years, Intelligent Light has been solving the toughest engineering challenges faced by manufacturing and research organizations around the world. Architected for today's high performance computing environments, the company's flagship FieldViewTM family of products combines true ease-of-use with the industry's most sophisticated CFD post-processing and large-data visualization capabilities. Intelligent Light's Applied Research Group conducts pure research on the cutting edge of CFD while customizing and delivering real world solutions to customers in industries such as aerospace, automotive, general manufacturing and turbomachinery. Composed of leading experts in CFD, computer science, visualization and more, with a customer focused, results oriented philosophy, Intelligent Light drives CFD simulation for increased productivity, faster answers, deeper insight and maximum return on investment. Visit www.ilight.com for more information.

The SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering is a center for integrated research and education whose primary goals are to establish next-generation technologies in computational modeling, simulation and design, to educate a new breed of interdisciplinary computational engineer who can solve a broad range of real-world engineering problems, and to provide consequent leadership and national impact in critical technology areas affecting defense, sustainable energy, environment, and health.

The National SimCenter employs the new model it has pioneered for integrated research and education in a university setting. This model emphasizes interdisciplinary team research encompassing engineering analysis and design applications, scientific computing, and mathematics of computation. Its integrated M.S. and Ph.D. programs in computational engineering offer a unique educational environment in which students can participate in interdisciplinary team research, with opportunities for significant student interaction with multiple researchers.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today - mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company's Gridgen and Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CD, 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.

More information about Gridgen and Pointwise is available at www.pointwise.com.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and Pointwise Glyph, Gridgen Glyph, and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc.

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Jan Batts
Pointwise, Inc.