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Save time and improve fidelity with industry-leading meshing

Mesh generation is the most time-intensive part of the CFD workflow with one of the highest impacts. We know that the process can be time-intensive but is vital to ensuring high-accuracy and high-efficiency CFD simulations moving forward.

  • Achieve maximum performance and accuracy wherever you are in the design process
  • Both our stand-alone meshing tool and our all-in-one CFD tool can be integrated into any CAD workflow

High-speed CFD pre-processing and mesh generation

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is used in today’s design processes to improve and increase the efficiency without relying on time-consuming and expensive physical testing. One of the biggest challenges engineers face in their daily work is still spent on geometry pre-processing and mesh generation - up to 80% of the engineering time to be exact.

Poor quality CAD or highly complex geometries require lengthy preparation and set-up time and a lot of manual input for a high-quality mesh. 

Today, you can automate the entire clean-up and sealing process without losing any detail of the geometry. Even the most complex geometries, which used to take a week of intensive manual work to prepare, now take less than a day to be fully preprocessed—without simplifying the underlying geometry.

Supports all common CAD and tessellated formats

Includes comprehensive geometry repair and defeaturing

Provides automated grouping for geometry tree organization

Meshing in action across industries

Meshing isn't confined to one field; it's a versatile technique applied across various industries. From aerospace to automotive, marine to energy, CFD mesh generation plays a pivotal role in understanding fluid dynamics, optimizing designs, and making informed decisions.

Marine
Maritime engineers and naval architects rely on CFD mesh generation to navigate the challenges of optimizing vessels, ensuring safety, and enhancing efficiency.
Automotive
Design more fuel-efficient and aerodynamic vehicles. Analyze airflow around car bodies, reduce drag, and improve engine cooling systems. 
Aerospace
Optimize aerodynamic designs, enhance fuel efficiency, and ensure aircraft safety. Generate mesh to simulate airflow around aircraft components to refine wing shapes, engine placement, and more.
Turbomachinery
Delve into the intricacies of fluid dynamics, combustion processes, and mechanical behavior, ultimately driving innovation in industries reliant on turbomachinery.
Biomedical
Meshing is also making strides in biomedical engineering. Researchers use it to simulate blood flow in arteries, study drug dispersion in tissues, and even design medical devices like stents.
Energy & environmental
Understand the complex interactions of wind and water, optimizing energy production and structural integrity. Environmental researchers rely on mesh generation to model air and water flow in natural systems.
  • Hull Optimization: CFD mesh generation tools play a pivotal role in optimizing ship hull designs. You can simulate the flow of water around hulls, analyze resistance, and refine ship shapes to reduce drag and enhance fuel efficiency.
  • Resistance and Propulsion Analysis: Mesh generation facilitates resistance predictions and propulsion analysis. It allows you to assess the performance of propulsion systems, including propellers and waterjets, under varying operating conditions.
  • Wave and Current Load Simulations: Generate mesh to simulate the interaction of offshore structures with waves and ocean currents. This aids in the design of resilient platforms capable of withstanding extreme marine conditions.
  • Complex Geometry Handling: CFD mesh generation tools excel in handling complex vehicle geometries, including underbody aerodynamics and engine bay simulations. This functionality aids in optimizing automotive designs for improved performance and reduced drag.
  • Multi-Phase Flow Modeling: In advanced CFD, the simulation of multi-phase flows, such as fuel-air mixtures, oil-air interactions, and exhaust emissions, can provide you with insights into combustion efficiency and emissions control.
  • Thermal Management: Mesh generation tools facilitate thermal simulations, allowing you to analyze heat dissipation within the vehicle, optimize cooling systems, and prevent overheating of critical components like the engine and brakes.
  • Aerodynamic Analysis: CFD mesh generation enables engineers to perform intricate aerodynamic simulations, including turbulence modeling and boundary layer analysis. This functionality allows for the optimization of wing shapes, airfoil designs, and the reduction of drag, resulting in more fuel-efficient aircraft.
  • Heat Transfer Simulations: Mesh generation is crucial for modeling heat transfer in various components like engine turbines and exhaust systems. Simulate and analyze temperature distributions, ensuring the structural integrity of critical aircraft parts.
  • Structural-Fluid Interaction (FSI): Mes generation allows for FSI simulations, where fluid-structure interactions are studied in detail. This helps assess the impact of aerodynamic forces on structural components, contributing to safer and more reliable aircraft designs.
  • Aerodynamic Proficiency: CFD mesh generation enables precise simulations of airflow around blades and rotors, optimizing shapes for energy efficiency and reduced turbulence in gas turbines and compressors.
  • Combustion Efficiency: Use meshing to fine-tune combustion processes, improving fuel injection strategies, flame stability, and overall engine performance while adhering to emissions regulations.
  • Thermal Management: Mesh generation aids in modeling extreme heat conditions, ensuring effective cooling and preserving the structural integrity of components in turbines and combustion chambers.
Meshing turbomachine
  • Blood Flow Simulations: In biomedical applications, CFD meshing is used to model blood flow in arteries, providing insights into the behavior of blood cells, assessing the risk of thrombosis, and aiding in the design of stents and vascular implants.
  • Drug Dispersion Studies: Researchers utilize meshing for simulating drug dispersion in tissues, assisting in drug delivery system development, optimizing drug release profiles, and enhancing pharmaceutical designs.
  • Biomechanics: Meshing tools are applied to study the biomechanics of human tissues and organs, including bone structures, ligaments, and muscles. This aids in the design of prosthetics, orthopedic implants, and tissue engineering.
  • Wind Farm Design: In wind energy applications, CFD meshing assists in the design of wind turbine farms. Engineers can simulate wind flow patterns across a field of turbines, optimizing their layout for maximum energy capture.
  • Heat Transfer Analysis: For thermal power generation, Mesh generation helps analyze heat transfer within power plants and optimize the efficiency of cooling systems, ultimately enhancing energy production.
  • Pollutant Dispersion Modeling: Environmental researchers use CFD meshing to model the dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. This allows for predicting pollutant concentrations, assessing air quality, and making informed decisions regarding emissions control.

Realise the full potential of CFD with Pointwise

CFD mesh generation is the bridge that connects theoretical models to real-world applications. It ensures simulations are not just simulations but powerful tools for innovation, problem-solving, and achieving engineering excellence. Pointwise, with its user-friendly interface and robust features, amplifies this value, making mesh generation accessible and efficient for engineers across the globe.

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Nordcad Insights

How To Implement Automated Mesh Generation Successfully

It is not uncommon for CFD engineers to simplify complex shapes to make meshing easier. While this can save time, it often sacrifices the precision of their simulations, impacting performance. Learn more about:

  • Why mesh generation is so time-consuming
  • The obstacle course for engineers during meshing
  • How to implement automated mesh generation succesfully

Fidelity Pointwise is unmatched

Specialized meshing needs
If your engineering team specializes in mesh generation tasks and requires advanced control over mesh quality, boundary layers, and complex geometry handling, Pointwise provides specialized tools for these tasks.
Complex geometries
When dealing with highly complex geometries that require extensive surface wrapping, cleanup, and CAD handling, Fidelity Pointwise's capabilities shine. It is designed to handle intricate CAD models with precision.
Meshing across multiple solvers
If your organization frequently uses a variety of CFD or FEA solvers, Fidelity Pointwise's ability to export meshes to multiple solver formats makes it a versatile choice. This is particularly advantageous when you need to work with different simulation software.
Parallel meshing
When speed is crucial, Fidelity Pointwise offers parallel meshing capabilities, allowing for faster mesh generation on high-performance computing clusters. 10x faster than the industry standard, to be exact.

Curious about CFD meshing?

Get in touch with our CFD specialist to learn more about meshing and how Pointwise can assist your CFD needs.

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    Sales Manager
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    Senior CFD Sales
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