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Old   January 20, 2013, 22:11
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Currently I am trying to integrate OpenFOAM with Pointwise. I drew my geometry in Mechanical AutoCAD 2013. Then I did the meshing in pointwise. When I tried to run OpenFOAM I got the following error message. That is :
Create time

Create polyMesh for time = 0

Cannot find file "points" in directory "polyMesh" in times 0 down to constant

From function Time::findInstance(const fileName&, const word&, const IOobject::readOption, const word&)
in file db/Time/findInstance.C at line 188.

Could anybody give a solution?
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Old   January 23, 2013, 18:26
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Hello Naruto,

Have you exported your mesh from Pointwise in the openFoam format with your boundary conditions applied? It appears your error is telling you that it can't find one of the necessary mesh files.
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Old   January 26, 2013, 12:42
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Thanks for the reply. Yeah I exported the boundary conditions too. It did not work. But I figured it out. At first I did the meshing for Fluent. Then I converted the mesh in OpenFOAM. It worked fine.

I guess I have to do things the hard way.
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Old   January 27, 2013, 17:25
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Old   July 16, 2013, 18:47
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Naruto I'm having the same problem currently, I tried to import a mesh by using "SalomeMeca" into OpenFoam but the same exact error message appeared, I'm wondering if maybe anyone knows how can I solve it by using "Salome Meca".

Thank You very much.
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