Phase I will produce usable tools that could be beneficial to NASA. The enhancement of CurveMesh is potentially beneficial to any NASA unstructured CFD FEM code that can use high-order meshes. FUN3D is under development to include a high order FEM flow solver. Its core methods are similar to the FUNSAFE methods developed by Dr. Newman. The Geode API will work with geometry provided in a Pointwise proprietary file format. This file can be exported by any Pointwise user and is potentially beneficial to any NASA tool that needs access to geometry. FUN3D is again a tool that could use Geode for adaptive refinement and shape optimization. Phase II will result in a commercial implementation of the CurveMesh methods in Pointwise. NASA engineers with Pointwise licenses will benefit from this implementation.
Phase I tools will also benefit other high order FEM flow solver developers by providing a means to create curved meshes for realistic geometries. The existing CurveMesh code has been used to create curved meshes for the 6th AIAA Drag Prediction Workshop and the 3rd High Lift Prediction Workshop. Generated meshes have been analyzed by PyFR, CREATE-AV COFFE and others. The Geode API will also benefit other researchers in need of geometry access who have valid Pointwise licenses. The commercialization of CurveMesh will benefit any Pointwise users in need of high order meshes.