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Automotive Industry Needs for Versatile Meshing Tools

Wattrick, Harley, and Don Dewhirst

Proceedings, 6th International Meshing Roundtable, Sandia National Laboratories, pp.413-422, October 1997


Harley Wattrick, Ford Powertrain Operations
Don Dewhirst, Ford Research Laboratory

The automotive industry requires a surprising variety of meshing tools to meet its various needs. The diversity of its requirements stems from the number of disciplines served, e.g., heat transfer through multi-physics simulations, and from the tradeoffs of turnaround time versus efficiency. This paper illustrates these points and spotlights some of the pressing needs for improvements in: data exchange, solid model quality, a better understanding of mesh quality metrics and, of course, faster creation of mesh.

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