Pointwise's latest software uses solid modeling and solid meshing to import, assemble and mesh solid CAD data models. Analysts can use it to fix errors in CAD files, and distills large numbers of small CAD elements into a smaller number of large elements, the idea being to simply the analyst's job. The software also includes a deformation-based scheme for pyramid cell generation in hybrid meshes; a new native interface to the FrontFlow flow solver; upgraded native interfaces to the FIELDVIEW CFD postprocessor and the Cobalt and STAR-CD flow solvers, and ports to AMD Opteron (Windows and Linux); and the SGI Prism.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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