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Pointwise mesh catches award

A mesh generated by engineers working for Pointwise, whose software offers a complete CFD pre-processing solution, has won Meshing Maestro and Meshing Contest awards at the recent 22nd International Meshing Roundtable (IMR) in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Pointwise’s contest entry was a hybrid mesh generated with its T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion) technique for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution. Pointwise’s winning entry in the Meshing Maestro, a poster competition, featured illustrations of its mesh from the contest.

The work was done by Travis Carrigan, a senior engineer, and Carolyn Woeber, manager of Support and Consulting, at Pointwise. ‘We couldn’t be happier with the work done by Carolyn and Travis,’ said John Chawner, president of Pointwise. ‘And to have their work recognised for both technical merit and aesthetics by the IMR was icing on the cake, especially when you consider the strength of the other entries in both events.’

The International Meshing Roundtable (IMR) was started in 1992 by Sandia National Laboratories in the USA, and the lab continues to organise the event today. It is an internationally recognised forum for researchers from industry, national labs, and academia, to convene and share the latest developments in the field of mesh and grid generation for numerical simulation. This year’s IMR was the first at which a meshing contest was held – the task was to generate a mesh for a notional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). There were seven entries which were judged by the IMR steering committee for ‘novelty of the approach, the complexity of the discretisation, the quality of the mesh, and the usability of the proposed solution.’

Three awards are presented as part of the IMR’s annual poster contest: best technical poster: best student poster; and meshing maestro. All IMR attendees cast ballots for the meshing maestro, which was judged on aesthetics and ‘striking visuals.’

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