CFD Simulations of Airflow over a Golf Club Head

High-fidelity, High-productivity CFD Simulations of Airflow over a Golf Club Head

The simulation of airflow over a golf club head will be used to demonstrate the complete CFD process from geometry creation through solution post-processing. Two different types of hybrid meshes are created; one is made exclusively in Pointwise, highlighting its anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion (T-Rex) meshing technology, and the other combines Pointwise with mesh generation tools developed at UTC SimCenter. Steady and unsteady CFD solutions are computed on a distributed memory LINUX compute cluster with TENASI, a UTC SimCenter parallel-unstructured Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes code. Post-processing the results is performed using FieldView by Intelligent Light, revealing the complex features of the flow. A CFD workflow will be demonstrated that is efficient and productive for the large volumes of data seen in complex, unsteady CFD. Overall, this webinar will illustrate the various steps of the complete CFD process typically followed in aerodynamic analyses of realistic geometries.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  • Using Pointwise for hybrid mesh generation
  • Combining Pointwise with UTC SimCenter's tools to make hybrid meshes
  • Distributed-memory, parallel CFD computations using UTC SimCenter's TENASI Navier-Stokes solver
  • Understanding complex flow features using FieldView in a high-productivity CFD workflow


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".

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, Intelligent Light

Yves-Marie Lefebvre

Intelligent Light

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, sales and support engineer from Intelligent Light, was a research and development engineer at Sirehna prior to joining the Intelligent Light staff in 2007. He earned an engineering degree in numerical simulation from the Institut National Polytechnic Institute de Grenoble in 2001.

Steve Karman, SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering

Steve Karman

SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering

Steve received his B.S. and M.E. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was employed at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth from 1983 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering. His area of research is mesh generation.

Bruce Hilbert, SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering

Bruce Hilbert

SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering

Bruce Hilbert has been the primary grid generator at the UTC SimCenter for almost three years. In that time, Bruce has been the geometer on projects in a wide range of fields including traditional aircraft, turbomachinery, watercraft, fuel cells, and waveguides. He is also engaged in active research regarding tetrahedral meshing and grid procedures involving CAD models. Before his tenure at the SimCenter, Bruce was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Chattanooga State Technical Community College for a decade.