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Old   May 16, 2020, 06:27
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With OpenFOAM v1912, the adjoinShapeOptimisationFoam solver now makes use of a parametrisation based on volumetric B-splines. How does this work?

I know the design variables are the control points of the volumetric B-Spline, which defines a control volume around the design. Does a change of these control points directly translates into a change of the CFD mesh, or is there a step in between? For example, is the design itself parametrized as a NURBS geometry, and does the deformation of the volumetric B-Spline deform the NURBS, which in turn deforms the mesh (as in the paper in (1))?

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(1) Mario J. Martin, Esther Andres, Carlos Lozano, Eusebio Valero,
Volumetric b-splines shape parametrization for aerodynamic shape design,
Aerospace Science and Technology, Volume 37, 2014, Pages 26-36,
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Old   May 22, 2020, 09:47
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I have contacted the people from OpenFOAM, they told me the volumetric B-spline directly morphs the mesh, in a free-form-deformation fashion. The geometries are therefore not paramtrised as NURBS patches.
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