CFD Mesh Turns Up on USPS X-Planes Express Mail Stamp

Simulation of X-15 aircraft from NASA generated using Gridgen.

Simulation of X-15 aircraft from NASA generated using Gridgen.

By DE Editors

A recently issued Express Mail stamp by the United States Postal Service (USPS)  features NASA’s X-15 aircraft as seen through a colorful computational fluid dynamic (CFD) grid simulation that was generated using Gridgen software from Pointwise (Fort Worth, TX).

The stamp shows color contours of the simulated flowfield against a mesh to illustrate the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

“It’s great to see the technology illustrated in this broadly distributed medium,”  said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president.

Earlier this month, Pointwise announced its next-generation meshing software, also by the name of Pointwise (“Pointwise Furthers CFD Meshing”). In addition simplifying the meshing process, it introduces unified geometric curve and grid curve drawing, simultaneous transformation of CAD geometry and grid, and the ability to access up to 16 Exabytes of memory with its 64-bit architecture.

More information about Gridgen and Pointwise software is available from Pointwise.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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