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AISIN AW Automates Torque Converter Meshing

Mr. Ken Yamaguichi, Technical Division, AISIN AW Co., Ltd.

Engineers at AISIN AW can generate grids for torque converters in five minutes or less using Gridgen. +
Torque Converter Grid

AISIN AW develops and manufactures automatic transmissions for automobiles. The increasing number and wide variety of car models entering the market today has led to increased demand for new torque converter designs. In order to cope with this situation, AISIN AW wanted to reduce the time needed for carrying out a CFD analysis of each design. We decided to focus on the mesh generation portion of the process, since that was the most time- and labor-consuming of all.

The GridgenGlyph scripting language in Gridgen seemed ideal for this task. With a little help from VINAS Co., Ltd., the Gridgen distributor in Japan, we developed an automatic mesh generation system for torque converter models. In this system, parameters such as size and number of cells and number of blades in a blade row are input in one window, and a complete CFD-ready mesh with boundary conditions is automatically generated for the turbine, pump and stator of the torque converter.

This system enabled us to reduce the time needed for generating a high-quality mesh for one torque converter to about five minutes. In addition, by using this system, mechanical designers who are not so familiar with CFD meshing can now generate high quality mesh data for CFD analyses. This frees up CFD expert engineers for more demanding analyses.

Gridgen's Glyph scripting was used to develop this automated torque converter meshing template. +
Torque Converter Script

We now utilize this sytem throughout our design teams to cope with our increasing number of design projects. The contribution of this system in reducing the time needed for designing torque converters is very important to us.

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