Automating Viscous Meshing Model Using Glyph Scripting

Automating Viscous Meshing for a Transonic Aircraft Model Using Glyph Scripting

Pointwise's scripting language – called Glyph – can speed up your turnaround time by enhancing the reliability and repeatability of the meshing process through automation. This webinar will demonstrate appropriate meshing strategies while automating the grid generation process using Glyph for the NASA Common Research Model from the 4th AIAA Drag Prediction Workshop. Being able to accurately obtain force and moment coefficients is crucial to the prediction of an aircraft's behavior and ultimately its performance. This involves simulating an aircraft during different phases of flight and various configurations. Reliably completing such complex simulations does not depend upon computational hardware alone, but also on mesh quality and the amount of time spent in meshing. This webinar will explain Glyph scripting techniques that address these two important factors in the mesh generation process.

The material to be presented will be of an advanced nature and geared primarily toward people already familiar with the Pointwise software. The webinar will not provide background on meshing techniques but will focus solely on scripting and automation.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  • Demonstrate reliable meshing strategies using the Pointwise scripting language called Glyph
  • Save time writing code by journaling integral parts of the meshing process
  • Create procedures for commonly used Glyph methods
  • Effortlessly drive grid resolution by parameterizing key variables


Chris Sideroff, Pointwise, Inc.

Chris Sideroff

Pointwise, Inc.

Chris 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 both a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta in 2000 and 2003. He earned 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".

Rick Matus, Pointwise, Inc.

Rick Matus

Pointwise, Inc.

Rick Matus joined Pointwise during its first year of operation. He leads the sales and marketing activities. Previously, Dr. Matus was product manager for the RAMPANT CFD solver, predecessor of Fluent, at Fluent, Inc. and for several years supervised and performed applied CFD at General Dynamics Fort Worth Division. Dr. Matus earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1981, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986. 

Nick Wyman, Pointwise, Inc.

Nick Wyman

Pointwise, Inc.

Nick Wyman directs Pointwise's research efforts, focusing contracted software development on solving problems faced by our customers. He joined Pointwise in 1998 as a Gridgen developer and became manager of the entire Development Team. He received a B.S. in aerospace engineering and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1992 and 1994. Before joining Pointwise, he worked for Advanced Scientific Computing (later AEA Technology), performing CFD applications work and developing grid generation software for turbomachinery. Mr. Wyman is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Travis Carrigan, Pointwise, Inc.

Travis Carrigan

Pointwise, Inc.

Travis Carrigan is an engineer on our Sales Team. He received his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011, where his thesis subject was “Aerodynamic Shape Optimization of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.” Mr. Carrigan received his B.S. in aerospace engineering in 2009 from UTA and began working at Pointwise as an intern on our Technical Support Team in 2008.