2nd AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop
Sponsored by the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments Technical Committee

January 5-6, 2019
at the AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition
San Diego, California, USA

Organizing Committee

John Chawner
Pointwise, Inc.

John Dannenhoffer
Syracuse University

Mark Gammon

Carl Ollivier-Gooch
Univ. of British Columbia

Bill Jones
NASA Langley Research Center

James Masters
National Aerospace Solutions

Todd Michal
The Boeing Company

Nigel Taylor

Hugh Thornburg

Carolyn Woeber
Pointwise, Inc.


Case 3: Open Parametric Aircraft Model #1

The OPAM-1 case explores the ability to rapidly and robustly mesh parametric variations of a geometry model. A secondary goal is the rapid generation of geometry models. The intent is to simulate the application of CFD in a design environment.

There are three ways to participate in Case 3 that differ only in the source of the geometry models. In all instances, you will mesh the geometry models and report the results.

  1. Use Committee Provided STEP Files: Mesh the STEP files provided by the committee for the five required configurations.
  2. Create Required Geometry Models: Use the parametric definition of OPAM-1 to generate your own geometry models for the required configurations.
  3. Create Optional Geometry Models: Use the parametric definition of OPAM-1 to generate your own geometry models for configurations of your choosing.

Geometry Models

The OPAM-1 configuration is a notional commercial transport aircraft. Its baseline configuration was created in the open-source, Engineering Sketch Pad (ESP) software. The aircraft is defined by 53 design parameters (for example, wing sweep, fuselage length, semi-span location of pod) from which a solid model consisting of spheres, cones, cylinders, and ruled surfaces is created.

OPAM-1 Multiview

Required Configurations

Case 3 includes the following required configurations that involve changes to major design parameters. STEP files of the geometry model will be provided for all required configurations.

Right click on the file link and use Save link as.

If you must or prefer to use command line ftp, follow these instructions.

  • ftp files.gmgworkshop.com
  • login: anonymous
  • cd outgoing/OPAM1_Geometry
  • get filename

Geometry model filenames are:

  • case3a.stp
  • case3b.stp
  • case3c.stp
  • case3d.stp
  • case3e.stp

OPAM-1 Parametric Definition

More information on the OPAM-1 case including the design parameters used in its creation can be found in this PDF document.

Meshing Guidelines

Participants will be asked to generate an Order 8.5 (aka Medium resolution, 316 million cell) mesh for each parametric variation of the geometry model. Specific guidelines are as follows.

  • On wing, use a minimum of:
    • 200 points spanwise, clustered at wing/fuselage junction and tip
    • 200 points chordwise, clustered at leading and trailing edges
    • 5 points across the trailing edge
  • On tail surfaces and pylon, use a minimum of:
    • 80 points spanwise, clustered at root and tip
    • 100 points chordwise, clustered at leading and trailing edges
    • 5 points across the trailing edge
  • On fuselage and pod, use a minimum of:
    • 100 points streamwise
    • 50 points circumferentially
  • First off-body point should be 0.0001 ft from the surface
  • Far-field boundary is at approximately 100 body lengths away from the body

Required Data Submission

Document the process, resources used, timings, a priori metrics, and metric values during mesh generation. Report that data and more via the Participant Questionnaire (PQ).

Download the PQ now and update it through your meshing process. Do not wait until your mesh is done to complete the PQ.

If you generated your own geometry models, they need to be submitted for evaluation.

You do NOT need to submit your mesh files. However, your presentation at the workshop should include information about any meshes you generated. The PQ also asks that you report a variety of mesh quality metrics.

Once your geometry models are ready for submission, save them in the STEP format using the following naming convention:

  • GeometryModelerName-LastName-Case3{a,b,c,d,e}.ext

Your participant questionnaire should be saved using this naming convention:

  • PQ-LastName-Case3.pdf

Upload your files to the workshop FTP site using the following steps:

  1. URL: files.gmgworkshop.com
  2. login: anonymous
  3. bin
  4. cd incoming
  5. put GeometryModelerName-LastName-Case3{a,b,c,d,e}.ext
  6. put PQ-LastName-Case3.pdf
  7. bye

Once all files have finished transferring to the workshop FTP site, send an email to meshingworkshop@gmail.com.

Due Date

November 12, 2018