Shape Deformation and Morphing
Shape deformation and morphing techniques help you to quickly optimize existing NURBS geometries, and surface or volume meshes (e.g. ANSYS Fluent meshes or VTK data). With this additional capabilities, CAESES® focuses on simulation engineers that want to import and reshape their design with regards to the flow and structural performance.
Import geometry, create a deformation and reshape your design. Fast and flexible.
Applying deformations can be done manually or fully-automated. Based on imported geometry, you can apply box deformations and other methods such as Radial Basis Functions (RBF). Even define your own custom boxes and transformations by using so-called feature definitions.
Free Form Deformation
Free-form deformation techniques are also directly integrated in CAESES. They give you a fast possibility to reshape existing geometries by using flexible boxes. There is a short video about free form deformations, and a blog post about modifying a fuel injector design with free-form deformations. These deformation techniques greatly complement the parametric modeling capabilities of CAESES, so that you get a comprehensive tool set for all kinds of optimization tasks and workflows.
We are currently working on RBF (Radial Basis Functions) capabilities for our users, for more intuitive and fast deformations of existing geometries. Basically, RBFs allow you to quickly define variable and fixed areas of your geometry, along with a set of handles to deform the variable geometry. The following short video gives you an impression of what you can do with it, please get in touch with us if you are interested in it: