SmaggIce version 1.8 is a set of software tools for geometrical modeling of, and generation of grids that conform to, both clean and iced airfoils. A prior version (SmaggIce 1.2) was described in "Preparing and Analyzing Iced Airfoils" (LEW-17399), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 8 (August 2004), page 32. Ice shapes, especially those that include rough surfaces, pose difficulty in generating high-quality grids that are essential for predicting airflows by use of computational fluid dynamics. SmaggIce version 1.8 contains software tools needed to overcome this difficulty. For a given airfoil, it allows the user to define the flow domain, decompose the domain into blocks, generate grids, merge gridded blocks, and control the density and smoothness of each grid. Among the unique features of version 1.8 is a thin Cshaped block, called a "viscous sublayer block," which is wrapped around an iced airfoil and its wake line and serves as a means to generate highly controlled grids near the rough ice surface. Users can modify block boundary shapes using control points of non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) curves. Concave ice regions can be smoothed during geometrical modeling or creation of the viscous sublayer block.

This work was done by Mary B. Vickerman, Marivell Baez, Herbert W. Schilling, Barbara J. Wilson, Donald C. Braun, Anthony W. Hackenberg, James A. Pennline, Rula M. Coroneos, and Yung K. Choo of Glenn Research Center. For further information, access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.techbriefs.com/tsp under the Software category.

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