Geometry Kernel Research Selected by U.S. Air Force

hlcrm_geometry-smallPointwise’s research proposal on the topic of providing geometry kernel support for CFD solvers was selected for negotiation by the U.S. Air Force.

Our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 proposal, “Computational Geometry Kernel Support,” is a proof of concept effort for creating a geometry kernel that can be efficiently used in a CFD flow solver. Such a kernel would have to be small and fast with an API that abstracts much of the details of projecting mesh points to B-Rep NURBS models.


This geometry model of a conceptual 6th generation fighter aircraft includes more than 1,500 NURBS surfaces. For the purpose of mesh generation, they have been organized into meshable regions (quilts) as indicated by the colors. For the CFD flow solver to efficiently evaluate the geometry model, both the quilt topology and the NURBS surfaces have to be accessible.

Pending successful negotiation of a contract, work on this 9-month, $150,000 (approximately) project should begin later during 2018.

For more information on the Project Geode kernel that we are sharing at no-cost with select members of the CFD community for beta testing, see the Project Geode webpage.

The full news release announcing selection of our research can be found on our website.


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