Pointwise Version 18.3 R2 is now available for download and production use. Generation of unstructured surface meshes has been sped-up by a factor of up to five through the application of multi-threading on multi-core desktop workstations.
Our approach to software development is focused on three main thrusts: Automate, Accelerate, and Innovate. Accelerate obviously applies to Pointwise V18.3 R2 with our use of multi-threading on multi-core desktop systems to reduce surface meshing time.
From the Innovate thrust, you will find that Pointwise V18.3 R2 extends hex-core meshing, introduced in V18.3 R1, to imprint the hex-core cell topology onto symmetry planes.
Also from Innovate comes an extension of Pointwise’s high-order mesh curving to now support periodicity. This makes these meshes much more applicable to turbomachinery applications.
Also included in Pointwise V18.3 R2 are:
- Three vertex-centered mesh metric functions have been added to Examine. Min. Orthogonality Angle, Expansion Factor, and Volume will be of interest if the mesh is to be used in a vertex-centered finite-volume flow solver such as CFX, FUN3D, SU2, TAU, and Edge.
- In addition to mesh data, Pointwise now imports boundary and volume condition data from CAE files through extensions of the Plugin SDK.
- The following CAE plugins were updated to add BC and VC support: SU2, CFD++, Gmsh, and FUN3D.
- NURBS surfaces can now be created from, and fitted to, database shell surfaces (discrete geometry) via the Glyph scripting language.
- Relative to previous versions, there’s a significant speed up when pressing Apply in the Solve command for large grids.
- Align to Screen is now available when editing database note entities.
- The layer tab now highlights the layer of the domains selected in Set Boundary Conditions.
- Links in the Messages window now have additional options in the Context menu. For example, an XYZ value can be set as the rotation point.
- Quadrilateral cells can now be exported to STL files (despite being against the STL format specification).
- Performance of the FUN3D exporter has been improved (40% in at least one case).
- Filters in Examine now support filtering by point.
Pointwise V18.3 R2 is available today for download and production use.