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The generation of a set of interconnected geometric objects that approximate a desired domain or region in euclidean space.

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Gmsh for .inp file

How do I get an .inp file from Gmsh? I need to create a simple geometry and mesh it and define the boundary conditions in Gmsh and export it as an ...
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Determining the voxels between two boundary surfaces

Issue description I am working on human brain tACS simulations where I have the models of the skin, skull, csf, brain and ventricles in STL format. The shape does not matter and there are no ...
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Gmsh undesired behaviour 3D mesh

I would like to generate a 3D hexahedral mesh starting from a STL file using Gmsh 4.8.0. I followed these steps: Opened a STL file: file->open Added a volume: Modules -> Geometry -> ...
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Open-source Hexahedral meshing tools

I'm looking for an open-source automatic meshing tool or library able to generate full or dominant hexahedral mesh starting from a provided arbitrary model i.e. a surface triangular mesh stored in STL ...
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Resources on mesh generation for finite element methods

I know that this is not really apart of the rules as this is a recommendation question and these don't really have an answer per say. But, like this forum posting: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Meshing surface of a sphere with a subdomain

I am trying to build a triangle mesh of the surface of a sphere which also includes a subdomain defined by a 'polygon'. Here is a successful example (subdomain defined by the red dots): Note that the ...
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Hi I am trying to model a 2D Lug angle using Gmsh 4.6. How can I combine transfinite quad and regular full quad meshes in the following geo file?

I need transfinite mesh a small section of the bolt hole to insert a crack. However, The transfinite mesh and regular full quad mesh seem being incompatible and throwing errors. How can I combine ...
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Flux sign and face normal confusion in finite volume method

I implemented a solver for the 2D steady-state heat equation (without heat generation and homogeneous material) $\nabla. (k\nabla T) = 0$, using finite volume method, however, I am having some ...
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For traditional FEM and FVM, why can't we use mesh to represent geometry and use the mesh which represent the geometry to do the computation directly?

Isogeometric analysis [1] has the advantage of integrating geometric and mesh models using NURBS or Spline. At the same time, I would like to ask a question to my friends: for traditional FEM and FVM, ...
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Can the mesh generation methods in FVM and FEM be totally based on the knowledge of the mesh generation theory in computer graphics?

The main references of mesh generation methods in computer graphics (CG) I found are discrete Differential Geometry [1] and a famous book "Polygon Mesh Processing" [2], while the "...
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Combined translational and rotational meshing in gmsh

For a flow simulation I am trying to reproduce a specific screw element design for an intermeshing co-rotating twin-screw extruder. I am using gmsh (v2.16) where the element is made from a 2D surface ...
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Surface mesh from labeled 3D points

I'm trying to figure out how to create a surface mesh from a set of labeled 3D points. The 3D object could be something like part of a cave system or asteroid where there would be parts of the surface ...
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Mesh with constraints

Is it possible to construct a constrained tetrahedral mesh of a domain using Tetgen or similar software? What I mean by constrained is that there are some nodes or edges that are not free but are ...
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Partial differential equation FEM application

I have a PDE which looks like Helmholtz wave equation on one dimensional domain. $$\dfrac{d^2u(x)}{dx^2}+\pi^2u(x)=f(x)$$ where $-\infty <x<\infty $ Also, $f(x)= 1$ for $-0.25<x<0.25$, I ...
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Adding a boundary surface on a STL model in Gmsh

Background info I want to run brain simulations with models from the PHM repository (not relevant to the problem but suits the narrative) which are shipped in STL format. The meshes of the STL have ...
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Mesh partition quality

I am working on static FE mesh partitioning and in order to achieve a good quality partitioning I want to know how to drecrease interprocessor communication by increasing the connectivity of elements ...
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Quadtree type Grid

I would like to code for a quadtree type meshing but don't know how to do. If anyone can help or can share any starting code?
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Why addCylinder function not respecting the given coordinates?

I tried to generate 3 very simple cylinders, each other connected to it end, however the cylinder get connected to an unexistent point in space as the image shows: It was supposed to each segment be ...
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Creating a mesh around an 1-D line to form a 2-D object

Given the following code, how can I perform a mesh generation around the line, to make a 2D form in GMSH API? Extrude or Mirror ...
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Minimum number of elements (mesh size) for electromagnetic simulation

Does someone have a reference for the minimum number of elements (or maximum mesh size) for electromagnetic simulations where a mathematical or numerical explanation is given? I have found several ...
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What are the alternatives for ABAQUS in generating an *.inp file from a CAD model

ABAQUS gives a .inp file (in pre-processing stage) where the information with regard to the preprocessed model is defined, information such as geometry, mesh type, number of elements, boundary ...
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Why FVM can handle unstructured meshes while FDM cannot?

How come Finite Volume Method(FVM) handle the unstructured meshes and Finite difference Method cannot, whereas in FVM to approximate the fluxes at the boundary we use the central differencing? My ...
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How to find out the difference between a structured and unstructured mesh using the file containing the mesh information?

I have two different mesh files (both are .inp files obtained from Abaqus) that represent the exact same geometries with the same boundary conditions, etc. The only difference is that one of them is ...
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Filling a volume with generalised polyhedra

Given a volume (say, some polyhedron), I need to fill it with smaller polyhedra, such that the space is filled as much as possible. The constraints and relaxations are: (0) For a computation ...
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Minimal surface solution in Python

Note: this question was also posted in StackOverflow and math.stackexchange. I have a set of 3D points defining a 3D contour, as shown below. The points in this contour lie in their best-fit plane ...
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Create mesh for complicated 3D object for finite element analysis

I see images of steel connections, concrete dams, and other complicated 3D objects in papers which finite element analysis has been performed on them. My questions are: How these objects are created ...
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stretch elliptic mesh to fit a circle

I've generated a 2D O-mesh around an airfoil. Unfortunately, the mesh O shape is not a perfect circle as you can see in the figure below (in the figure I plotted only the mesh nodes in blue). The red ...
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Gmsh meshes flat faces incorrectly for cylindrical faces

I have some C++ code that generates meshes from step files and then analyses these meshes for visibility of the faces from different viewing directions. I currently use CGAL but I would like to switch ...
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Is it possible to remesh with gmsh?

I am currently working on remeshers for my simulations (academic purpose) and I try to find a method to remesh previous meshes using Gmsh. The first mesh (normalMesh.msh) was created using a .geo file ...
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Single nodes after mpmetis partitioning

I was checking partitioning capabilities of Metis (mpmetis) when I noticed, that it leaves two single nodes. I have marked them in red Have you seen something similar or maybe it is my mistake? The ...
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Duplicate Surface Meshes in different Gmsh files

My objective is to get a conformal surface mesh between two geometries meshed independently in different files. By example, I can start with a simple cube in one .geo file and mesh this geometry. ...
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Isosurface extraction when you know the derivatives

I have a complicated equation that defines a shape in 3D, and I would like to generate a surface mesh. The shape is defined by an isosurface, i.e. the function is positive inside the shape and ...
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Comparing the following mesh grids for a star-shaped plate

Between these four different meshes for the same shape, compare them whilst considering the different results for displacement and stress. Moreover, the difference in computational cost and accuracy ...
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How many cells/elements do I need?

I'm relatively new in the CFD modelling and I'm making a VOF model of a rectangular box ($l \times w \times h = 120\times 80 \times8$ m) with an inlet ($w\times h = 10\times 8$) at the long side. ...
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Creating a proper quad-mesh in GMSH for an “I”-shaped geometry

I'm trying to make a 2-D quad-only mesh of an "I"-shaped cross-section, with elements of size 5. So far I've managed to make it quad only, but some elements are very distorted when they shouldn't be. ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between meshing for FEM, FVM and FDM?

I am a novice to the field of computational science and have just started studying the FDM and FEM (haven't started on FVM yet). While trying the understand the subject I got this question and trying ...
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Creating 3D Mesh from stl files with gmsh

After long hours of searching for an answer I thought it might be better to ask the community. The problem I have is that I need to convert STL files to mesh files. I know that I therefore need to ...
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Metis: how to use and tutorial recommendation

I am new to METIS and trying to use it in my fortran code. I read the manual online. But still, I am not sure about how to implement it my code. I tried the test cases in the graphs directory. For ...
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Definition of Lagrange nodes in Gmsh

When gmsh uses higher-order tetrahedral elements, there is an underlying Lagrange basis used to specify the map from reference space to the element. I'm trying to load a gmsh mesh of 3rd degree ...
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Can TETGEN generate triangulation of a 2D point set?

I would like to link my Fortran 90 application to a library which would give me Delaunay triangulation (for a 2D set of points) and tetrahedralization (for a 3D set of points). As suggested in Fastest ...
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How can I coarsen a mesh in Gmsh when 'Mesh options' include 'Refine by splitting' but nothing about coarsening?

I am new to Gmsh and I am having trouble creating a circle with a coarse mesh. I use Geometry->Elementary entities->Add->Circle to create the geometry ...
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Load the mesh file with boundary marks

I'm want to load a mesh from a file, generated by triangle, and I want to use the boundary marks of its nodes (boundary marks of the file). It is possible? Also, I can change the mesh generator (or ...
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How to generate a face list from vertices?

I have a little background in writing toy finite volume CFD codes. In 2D Cartesian scenarios, I typically take $x_{\min}$, $x_{\max}$, $y_{\min}$, $y_{\max}$, and the number of points in $x$ and $y$ ...
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Gmsh for 3D volume with inclusions [closed]

In an attempt to create three-dimensional volumes with inclusions in Gmsh I stumble upon a problem which was non-existent in the two-dimensional case. I'm using the OpenCASCADE geometry kernel ...
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Is there any open-source code for a hybrid 2D mesh (triangles and quadrilaterals)?

The question is pretty much the title. Note that I have lots of experience using open-source meshing tool, e.g. Gmsh and OpenFoam blockMesh & snappyHexMesh. Nevertheless, I have no idea on how to ...
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Unstructured mesh vs hybrid structured/unstructured for numerical simulations

While answering one of the questions on meshing process, I encountered a lack of understanding on my end for the comparison of the mesh quality. First, consider an unstructured mesh created in GMSH ...
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Connectivity matrix in Finite Element Method in Triangular elements

Imagine a simple triangular base mesh in finite element method with an unknown number of elements (varying by the user). How can connectivity matrix be coded to be generated automatically?
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Scripted Mesh Generation Software

I'm looking for a mesh generation software that is free and open source, provides a sane scripting interface for domain specification, works for complex geometries, can generate 2D and 3D meshes, ...
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3D contour mesh computation

I have the value of a function in three dimensions, $f(x, y, z)$, which varies smoothly. I would like to compute a 3D mesh where $f(x, y, z)$ has a particular value. Are there algorithms to do this? ...
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Mesh generation with mostly the same elements (type/size..)

I'm searching for a way to generate a mesh that consists mostly of the same elements and i mean not only the same type, but the exact same size to ease the FEM-calculation. Is there a particular ...