Automated Meshing in Conceptual Design

Using Automated Meshing for Analysis in Conceptual Design

Aircraft design is typically separated into three distinct phases: conceptual design, preliminary design, and detailed design. Each design phase is defined by varying measures of detail, and as a result many software tools used in computer-aided engineering (CAE) applications are not easily adapted to meet the disparate requirements of each design phase. OpenVSP is one tool that aims to make parametric geometry definition more suitable during conceptual design than conventional CAD packages.

In this webinar, we demonstrate how Pointwise's scripting environment, Glyph, can be used to automate the creation of viscous, anisotropic meshes suitable for high fidelity analysis such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) using a parametric generic transport aircraft model exported from OpenVSP.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Export analytic geometry from OpenVSP
  • Seamlessly import OpenVSP STEP files into Pointwise
  • Quickly trim and organize the geometry using Solid Modeling
  • Generate anisotropic surface and volume grids using T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion)
  • Save time and parameterize meshing through Glyph scripting


Zach Davis, Pointwise, Inc.

Zach Davis

Pointwise, Inc.

Zach Davis joined Pointwise's Sales & Marketing team in April 2015. Prior to joining Pointwise, he was an applications engineer at Rescale where he implemented, updated, and maintained many CFD and simulation software packages. Before that he was a CFD engineer at both General Atomics and Lockheed Martin. Zach has an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (2002) and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology (1999).