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Multiblock Structured Mesh Generation for Turbomachinery Flows

Ali, Zaib and Paul G. Tucker

22nd International Meshing Roundtable, Springer-Verlag, pp.165-182, October 13-16 2013

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22nd International Meshing Roundtable
Orlando, FL
October 13-16,2013

Whittle Laboratory, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1 JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge, CB3 0DY, England
Email: {za234,pgt23}@cam.ac.uk

Summary
Multiblock structured meshes offer better computational efficiency than the unstructured meshes which, on the other hand, are more flexible for complex geometries. The multiblock structured meshing could be more useful if the partitioning of the domain can be performed automatically. In this paper, we consider various automated blocking approaches for some turbomachinery zones. We then assess these methods by employing adjoint based error estimation which shows that medial axis based methods perform better than the other approaches like Cartesian fitting. A hybrid approach is also demonstrated for the cases where the existing automatic blocking techniques might not be useful. New blocking templates can also be generated using the techniques applied in the work presented here.

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