Pointwise donates computer-aided engineering software to UT Arlington

FORT WORTH, TX (21 February 2012)--Pointwise, a Fort Worth-based software company, has donated 30 fully supported licenses of its software for the Computer Aided Design Lab in Woolf Hall at The University of Texas at Arlington.

“The Pointwise software is widely used within the computational fluid dynamics community with a broad range of applications, from aerospace to automotive,” said Erian Armanios, professor and chairman of the Mechanical and Aerospace Department in the College of Engineering. “We are proud to witness the success of Pointwise and the resolve of its dedicated leadership to partner with us in the education of the next generation of mechanical and aerospace engineers by giving back.”

"Pointwise has developed a close relationship with UTA through student interns, support for the UTA Formula SAE team, and collaboration with the CFD Lab. We are excited to take this relationship to the next stage, with even more students having the opportunity to gain practical CFD experience using Pointwise," said Dr. Rick Matus, vice president of sales and marketing at Pointwise.

The software and support donation has a commercial value of approximately $184,275.

John Chawner, Pointwise’s president and co-founder, received his master’s degree from UT Arlington. Both John Steinbrenner, vice president of research and development, and Dr. Matus earned their doctorates in aerospace engineering from UT Arlington.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department is engaged in leading edge research in hypersonics and pulse detonation engines.

“This software is valuable in speeding up numerical modeling of complex, three-dimensional flows. Modeling is an integral part of advanced engineering design. Our students will benefit from being exposed to this state-of-the-art capability,” says Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

The Formula SAE engages teams of talented mechanical and aerospace engineers in automotive design and manufacturing. The team has used Pointwise on numerous projects for both the aerodynamic analysis of the wings and full car models as well as for internal flows in the intake manifold both in Fluent and Star-CCM+. The team has developed a unique optimization scheme that automatically tries different geometric parameters to find the best designs and have presented their results in a Pointwise conference.

“The Pointwise software is critical to their success,” according to Dr. Bob Woods.

Pointwise (http://www.pointwise.com/), a dedicated and longtime supporter of the academic engineering community, has a widely used academic licensing program. The Pointwise Teaching Partnership is being used by the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Tennessee SimCenter at Chattanooga, University of Queensland, RWTH Aachen University and others.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company’s Gridgen and Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+,  ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and Pointwise Glyph, Gridgen Glyph and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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