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Tecplot + FieldView

"effectively turning these erstwhile enemies into siblings"

When an application has as many capabilities as Tecplot does, it’s not always easy to locate the functionality you want – which is why Tecplot redoes its UI every now-and-then.

Depending on how you view the abundance of features, the news is either good or bad or mixed: Tecplot and FieldView are now both under the same umbrella. See this article for a detailed writeup on what this can mean for your post-processing and data visualization. And, as always, go here for a trial!

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FlashPoint: Volume Meshing

"Like its predecessor ..."

As discussed in some detail here, Pointwise’s V18.5’s standout feature is Automatic Volume Meshing. The videos linked to that blogpost illustrate how the various parts work together to “generate a suitable volume mesh given a minimum of goal-oriented parameters”.

But there’s more to the new release too, not least of which is the option to smooth TRex grids. See these release notes for more details.

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New Formats coming up

"used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications"

TransMagic’s R12 has been beefed up with both new and updated formats. SolidWorks 2022 is now supported, while SolidEdge, Creo, NX and ParaSolid have been updated.

The imminent release also includes support for some less-well known – in the CAD world, at any rate – formats: 3MF, GLTF and FBX. As always, contact us if you want to test how the translations work – click here for more.

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Parallel Python

"A number of Python-related libraries exist ... "

It’s useful if your CAE application’s API supports Python, for a variety of reasons – see this and this, for example. To extend the benefits a little more, consider parallel processing. Start with this central reference to understand the options, then see this article for a good set of exercises.

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On The Mesh

"The model of choice and the grid resolution are tightly coupled"

This article on turbulence modeling touches upon the raison d’etre for Pointwise: the effect of the grid on the simulation. Several articles on the blog are worth reviewing: this is a good place to start!

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Poor Quality CAD

"[T]he objectives of the CFD engineer differ from those of the CAD designer"

Wrapping up this year’s posts on CAD is an example of how to make the best of poor-quality CAD for CAE. Not the ideal basis to build your CAE model, of course, but if it can’t be cured … perhaps AutoSeal can help. See this article for an outline on approach that worked well for an automotive application. This 2 minute video outlines how it works.

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