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Tetrahedrix Engineering

http://www.tetrahedrix.com/

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Table of contents

Company Background

Expertise

Case Studies

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Contact Details

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Company Background

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Tetrahedrix Engineering | Domain & Offerings


Domain

Offerings

Aerospace Engineering

Customized Design Tools


Numerical Simulation
Customized as per client needs
Multi-physics models
Standalone GUI
Portable to all OS

Mechanical Engineering

Ocean/Marine Engineering

Services
CFD simulation
Meshing of complex models
Various physics models

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Tetrahedrix Engineering | Team


MANAGEMENT

SCIENTISTS PANEL

Venkat Ganapthy Director Mr Venkat Ganapathy has spent his


career in Automotive Industry and Financial Services. He served as
Finance Director of Bharat Forge and later COO of High Yield Hedge
fund of Gartmore.

Dr L Raja, Faculty University of Texas, Austin


Dr Anupam Sharma Btech-IIT, Phd Penn State University
Dr Balaji Ramkrishnan Faculty IIT Mumbai
Dr Sundarrajan Krishnan B.Tech IIT, Phd - Stanford
University
Dr Sulagna Chatterjee PhD University of Texas, Austin

Anurag Sharma Founding Director & CTO Mr Anurag Sharma is


an IIT Mumbai alumnus and handled product development of Fluent
Inc, before starting Tetrahedrix

TECHNOLOGY TEAM PROFILE

Akshay Vir, B.Tech. IIT (Aero 1996)

Anubhav Singh Director Mr Anubhav Singh is an alumnus of IIT


Mumbai, Carnegie Mellon University and IIM Bangalore. He has spent
his career in finance in bond trading, high yield and special situations
investments in the US & Indian markets

Arvind Singhal, B.Tech. IIT (Aero 1997)


Sameer Ningoo, B.Tech, UDCT (Chemical 1990)
V. Krishnan. B.Tech, IIT (Civil 1999), Harvard University (2001)
Ajay Kumar, B.Tech & M.Tech IIT (Aero 2007)
Rajiv Jain, B.Tech. IIT (Electrical 2002)

Over 50 years of cumulative experience in


Fluid dynamics
Aerodyamics
Simulation
Programming
Work experience with multinationals

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Tetrahedrix Engineering | Clients

Tetrahedrix has worked both directly and in collaboration for


global corporations and Government organizations like

Defense Research Labs and Universities;


Indian and US Government Departments;
CFD firms;
Oil &Gas Majors;

Some of the key entities for whom we have worked are -

DRDO Jodhpur
ARDE|IDST Pune
British Petroleum
Numeca Intl, Belgium
Ascomp, Switzerland
Esgee Technologies, Austin, TX
Amoeba Technologies, Austin, TX
CNU, South Korea
US Department of Forest
Geometric Software - India

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Tetrahedrix Expertise

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Our Expertise | Customized Design Tools


Fully customized to meet client requirements
Standalone packages with interactive graphics
Compatible with all operating systems
Compatible with other packages

MESH GENERATION

SOLVER CAPABILITY

POST-PROCESSING

Can handle complex geometries

Subsonic, transonic and supersonic flows

Capable of working on large data sets

Automatic (push-button) meshing

Various physics models

Multiple visualization tools

Block-structured meshes

Combustion modeling

Cutting-planes

Unstructured meshes

Radiation modeling

Contoured surfaces

Hexahedral dominant

Natural/forced convection

Iso-value surfaces

Cut-cell (polyhedral) meshing

Multi-phase flows

Streamlines

Stair-step meshes

Particle tracking

Vector plots

Deforming and moving meshes


Boundary-layer resolution using extruded
prisms

Multiple Turbulence models (k-e, k-omega,


RNG k-e, LES)

Fluid-structure interaction
Various numerical schemes possible
Parallel processing to utilize cluster
computing and multi-core computers

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3D field visualization
Animations

Our Expertise | Software Development Services


EXPERIENCE

STRENGTHS

Over 30 years of collective development


experience

PROGRAMMING TOOLS

Worked on large scale complex software


systems

Worked with international companies

Graphics OpenGL, OpenInventor, HOOPS

Good understanding of object-oriented design


and development

Fluent Inc

Mentor Graphics

Numeca Intl

Sungard

Unigraphics

Kanbay

Geometric Software

I-flex

Languages C++, Python, Java

Adept at open-source CFD tools like


OpenFOAM and Gerris3D

Ability to integrate third-party modules into


the customized package

Project management (ISO 9001 practices)


Team management

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GUI Qt (from Nokia) and WxWidgets


MPI for parallel-processing

Our Expertise | CFD Applications Aerospace Engineering


INTERNAL & EXTERNAL FLOWS

FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION

Aerodynamic analysis of air-borne vehicles

Store separation analysis

Aerodynamic coefficient generation

Helicopter rotor downwash simulation

Lift and drag analysis


Shock-structure resolution
HEAT TRANSFER

DESIGN TOOLS

Engine de-icing analysis

Missiles configuration design

Conjugate heat transfer

Rockets solid propellant burn profile

All modes of heat-transfer can be modeled (conduction/ convection/

Bombs/missiles coefficient generation for cruciform configurations with

radiation)

modifiable parameters

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Our Expertise | CFD Applications Mechanical Engineering


TURBO-MACHINERY ANALYSIS

AUTOMOTIVE

Swirling flows

Drag and lift analysis for motor vehicles

Rotating reference frames

Under-hood heat-transfer analysis

Screech analysis

Downward lift prediction because of spoilers and canards


Aero-acoustic noise simulation

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Our Expertise | CFD Applications Marine/Offshore engineering


RESERVOIR MODELLING

OCEAN/MARINE ENGINEERING

OFFSHORE DRILLING

Discrete fracture network modeling

Wave propagation modeling

Platform aerodynamics

Advanced meshing algorithms to capture

Discrete phase flows

Hull stability analysis

Gas dispersion

fracture networks

Flow through porous media

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Motion analysis - Multi-phase flows

Case Studies

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Case Study RAMJET flow simulation


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Viscous, supersonic flow at the intake cone of a RAMJET


vehicle

Intricate mixed (internal/external) flow simulation and data


analysis

Complex shock & separation structure, with a


supersonic/subsonic tongue instead of terminal shock

Over 400 simulations required at different Ma, altitude and


AoA

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Case Study RAMJET flow simulation


SOLUTION APPROACH

Customized software package suite developed from


scratch

Mesh hand made for required geometry


Automated capability for solution setting and data
gathering

Solver OpenFOAM
Post-processing Paraview
Data analysis variables/coefficients plots as
functions of Ma/AoA/altitude

Frontend Qt & OpenGL

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Case Study RAMJET flow simulation


DELIVERY ITEMS

Standalone package capable of


Setting up cases for different boundary conditions,
Analyzing data for correlation of flow variables with
boundary conditions

Integrated solver capable of running cases on distributed


computing facilities

Data for different Ma, altitude and AoA

End-to-end solution developed and delivered (with data) in 6 months

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Case Study Aerodynamic analysis of aircraft wing


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Aerodynamic analyses of aircraft wing comprising of


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Mach number variation over the wing and fuselage

Check for vortex shedding at nosecone/wing-tips at


non-zero AoA

Check for recirculation bubbles over the wing surface


and nosecone

Study results for AoA range (-3 to +3 degrees)

Compute wing coefficients and center-of-pressure

Operating conditions
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Wing geometry before clean up

Mach number: 0.66


Ambient temperature: 300 K
Speed: 810 km/hr at AoA = +3 degrees

Wing geometry after clean up

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Case Study Aerodynamic analysis of aircraft wing


SOLUTION APPROACH

Following solution proposed for analysis


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Initial study as proof-of-ability


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Geometry clean-up / domain creation using SALOME


Meshing using in-house packages
CFD analysis using OpenFOAM
Post-processing using ParaView

Ability to handle numerics for compressible flows


Ability to provide end-to-end solutions independently
- Geometry Mesh CFD analysis Results
Reports

Higher-fidelity CFD analysis proposed, comprising of


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Compressible solution with viscous layer resolutions


Turbulence effects( RNG k-epsilon model for
turbulence)
- Use 0.25% atmospheric turbulence
Run simulations for various AoA values
Compute wing pitching moments and center-ofpressure
Check for maximum Mach values and recirculation
bubbles in the domain
Nosecone aerodynamic analysis
Complete body aerodynamic analysis (body with wing)

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Case Study Aerodynamic analysis of aircraft wing


DELIVERY ITEMS

Output data with schematic of analysis process including


meshing details and solver algorithms -

Mesh Details
Complete tetrahedral mesh
Generated using in-house codes as well
as Salome algorithms

893,000 tetrahedral cells


Clustering near the wing leading edge for
better resolution

Solver specifications
Compressible Navier-Stokes flow solver
Turbulence modeling possible (but not
performed due to time constraints)

Solution performed in parallel on a 2-node


machine using MPI

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Case Study Multi mode Heat Transfer Analysis Package for


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Standalone package capable of


Predicting heat transfer profile inside a glass
furnace

Account for conduction; convection and radiation


Handle complex geometry of a vertical tail plane
Plane coated with solar radiation retarding paint
Account for 3D thermal propagation
Physics model to be developed in-house
Interactive graphics required for start/stopping solution
Elaborate GUI requirements for results display and
analysis

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Vertical Tail Plane

Case Study Multi mode Heat Transfer Analysis Package for


SOLUTION APPROACH

Studying the implementation of P1 radiation model and


Marshak boundary condition in OpenFOAM

Based on Boussinesq approximation


Modification/addition of boundary conditions to allow
specification of radiation flux at the boundary to specify
solar radiation flux.

Given the low air speed, a model developed for heat


transfer due to forced external convection, as an additional
boundary condition parameter.

Implementation of radiation effects in the CHT solver.


Specifically, to specify emissivity at the surfaces of solids
participating in the heat transfer

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Vertical Tail Plane

Case Study Multi mode Heat Transfer Analysis Package for


DELIVERY ITEMS

Standalone package
Developed in C++
GUI in Qt and Open GL
Boundary conditions specified through GUI
Capabilities
Radiation model
Buoyancy model
CHT + natural convection
Creation of a new solver to account for the physics and
specific boundary conditions

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Vertical Tail Plane

Case Study Heat Transfer Analysis Package for Glass Furnace


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Standalone package capable of


Predicting heat transfer profile inside a glass
furnace

Physics model to be developed with client


Interactive graphics required for start/stopping solution
Elaborate GUI requirements for results display and
analysis

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Case Study Heat Transfer Analysis Package for Glass Furnace


SOLUTION APPROACH

Modeling - 1D equation modeling the physics developed


with in-house analysis

Solution
Runge-Kutta algorithm for iterative solution
Time-marching for dynamic analysis

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Case Study Heat Transfer Analysis Package for Glass Furnace


DELIVERY ITEMS

Standalone package
Developed in C++
GUI in Qt and Open GL
Boundary conditions specified through GUI
Ability to launch the solver in the background
GUI capability to update the solution process iteratively
Visualization Temperature contour plots for the furnace
interior

End-to-end solution developed and delivered (with data) in 4 months

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Case Study HEXPRESS development


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Development of advanced algorithms for fully-hexahedral


meshing of complex geometries

Understanding of existing framework encompassing


geometry, topology, meshing and visualization modules

Reduction of memory consumption and improvement of


performance needed

Numeca was founded by Prof. Charles Hirsch in 1991. He is renowned as one of the founding figures of CFD.

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Case Study HEXPRESS development


SOLUTION APPROACH

Research
In-depth study of the existing algorithms and
framework to identify areas of improvement

Comprehensive study of modern meshing


algorithms being developed worldwide

Solution selection and modification of chosen algorithms


to meet the requirements

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Case Study HEXPRESS development


DELIVERY ITEMS

Architecture and algorithm design


Made fundamental modifications to the
architecture and data-structure of the package

An order of magnitude improvement in


performance

75% reduction in memory consumption


Added over twenty features/algorithms to the
package to enhance functionality

Automated the mesh-generation process to cater to the


geometry and topology of the model

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Case Study - Automated Meshing of Complex Fracture-Network


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Meshing of complex network of discrete fractures, along


with diverse well shapes

Arbitrary overlap/intersection of fracture surfaces


Planar/Non-planar fractures
Presence of sharp edges and acute angle between
surfaces

Fast processing of information needed to be able to mesh


the domain in very short times

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Case Study - Automated Meshing of Complex Fracture-Network


SOLUTION APPROACH

A standalone tool for automatic meshing of fracture


network

Checks intersections between surfaces


Creates conformal topology for meshing
Automatic surface/volume meshing using adaptive
Cartesian trees

Ability to exactly model the fracture surfaces


Ability to handle small angles between surfaces
Automatic mesh-size control as per local topological
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Case Study Propellant Burn Simulation Inside Howitzer class Gun ARDE - Pune
PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Standalone package for simulation of burning


of propellant in a Howitzer class gun barrel

Ability to generate pressure-temperature-time


behavior inside the gun chamber

Ability to specify target peak pressures to be


achieved for different gun parameters

Simulate progressive burning of the


propellant with time

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Case Study - Defense Lab (DRDO), Jodhpur


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Standalone package for setting up models for


image-processing analysis

Ability to launch MATLAB simulation from the


package

Ability to visualize solution data

We have limitations on sharing more information on this project owing to the sensitive nature of the project

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Project Descartes Advanced automatic mesh generation


PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

Stair-step meshing of arbitrarily complex

SOLUTION APPROACH

Meshing algorithms

geometries

Based on adaptive Cartesian


Need for low-memory and very fast

DELIVERY ITEMS

C++ library capable of automatically meshing


the imported model and exporting the mesh
in the desired format

meshing

Extremely fast processing more than a

processing

Capable of automatically resolving

million cells can be generated in a minute

geometric curvature and topology

Low footprint: - less than 1 GB of RAM for a


Architecture - Devised new data-structures to
minimize memory consumption without
reduction in processing speed

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million cells

Contact Details
ANUBHAV SINGH

VENKAT GANAPATHI

Email: anubhav.singh@tetrahedrix.com

Email: venkat.ganapathi@tetrahedrix.com

Mobile: +91 9833867531

Mobile: +91 9822019177

RAJIV JAIN
Email: rajiv.jain@tetrahedrix.com
Mobile: +91 9414186163

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