Moving High-End Analysis Into Early-Stage Design (R)
The DoD CREATE program has identified meshing and geometry model building as critical in the transformation from a model to actual analysis. (CREATE is an acronym for Computational Research & Engineering for Acquisition Tools & Environments.) Three problems must be dealt with to bring high-end analysis into the early-stage design process. First, significant issues come up concerning the CAD environment that relate to the methods to systematically transform geometry and to automate meshing. A geometry abstraction layer will offer many benefits. Second, software tool systems must be brought together for optimal impact. Finally, we must improve our ability to anticipate and address the critical issues that can cause everything to fall apart. Clear encapsulation or separation in the code addresses the need to avoid the "be-all/end-all" solution for all people.
A technology sharing partnership, the Meshing and Geometry Innovation Collaboration, MAGIC, unites government, commercial industry, and academia to address all three problems in a joint effort to bring innovation to the transition of product geometry models into meshing and analysis.
Keywords: Meshing, pre-processing, CUBIT, CREATE program, Computational Research & Engineering for Acquisition Tools & Environments, MAGIC, Meshing and Geometry Innovation Collaboration, geometry abstraction layer, encapsulation