Pointwise Adds Native Interface to Design Software ESP

Although it's mostly a maintenance release, it includes new geometry model importa and user interface updates.

Although it's mostly a maintenance release, it includes new geometry model importa and user interface updates.

These four geometry models for notional space vehicles were imported into Pointwise from EGADS files, the native format of the Engineering Sketch Pad conceptual design software. Image courtesy of Pointwise.

Pointwise released an updated version of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation software. While primarily a maintenance release, it includes new geometry model import, improved CFD flow solver export, and user interface updates.

“We are currently performing research with MIT and the U.S. Air Force on automatic meshing,” says Dr. Steve Karman, a member of Pointwise’s Applied Research Team. “As part of that effort, we have added import of EGADS files, the native geometry format of the Engineering Sketch Pad (ESP) conceptual design software.” 

Pointwise Version 18.2 R2 also includes updated support for NASA’s USM3D flow solver, expanded graphical selection of objects created during overset grid assembly, new convenience functions in Glyph scripting, improved status messages and defect corrections.

Pointwise's software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, OpenFOAM and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows, Linux and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. 

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