Hybrid Meshing for Wind Turbines

How to Master Hybrid Meshing for Wind Turbines

As the demand for green energy increases, so does the amount of effort spent in the research and development of more efficient designs. Horizontal axis wind turbines have become one of the largest sources of green energy. Due to their size and interactions with the surrounding environment, experimental testing is limited and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is heavily used. However, generating CFD meshes that can accurately capture the large range of flow-scales is a major challenge. During this webinar, you will learn how to save time creating reliable meshes on the Sandia National Lab CX100 horizontal axis wind turbine using Pointwise's hybrid techniques.

Topics covered in the webinar:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of using fully structured and unstructured topologies
  • How to construct high-quality boundary layer and wake regions using extrusion techniques
  • How to reduce the effort required to create complex meshes by coupling structured and unstructured regions


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".

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.