Questions tagged [mesh-generation]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Determining the voxels between two boundary surfaces

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 intersections. I want to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Efficient initial identification of solid or liquid domains for a block structured Cartesian grid generation system

INTRO Within the last 5 days I was able to generate a block structured Cartesian grid generation system with a combination of Fortran,C++ and Python. I am running intersection tests of the ...
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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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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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A difference running Gmsh in command line and in GUI for 3-D mesh generation [closed]

In Gmsh, I have a test.geo file. The question is: if I run gmsh -3 test.geo in the command line, I get the below error. ...
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Structural mechanics simulation using FLUENT compared to analytical solution

This is a continuation of my previous post, 1D analytical solution vs FEM solution for a bar under compression. For some reason, I cannot comment in it. The analytical solution to the 1-D static ...
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Gmsh exporting wrong mesh DATA [closed]

so hopefully I'll be using gmsh to make meshes out of 2-D cross sections with o thickness. I tried to make a structured mesh with quad elements of a rectangular ...
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Numerically solving a PDE on an unit tangent bundle

Let $M$ be a manifold and $UT(M)$ its unit tangent bundle. I have a PDE which looks something like $$ \frac{\partial f}{\partial t}(x,v) = (v\cdot \nabla_x) f(x,v) + \Delta f(x,v) $$ where $x\in M$, $...
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Compute mesh of the projection of a 3D surface triangulation

Given a triangulated surface in $\Bbb{R}^3$ we can simply project it on a plane. This will result in a family of triangles which do not form a mesh of the projection for the following reasons: each ...
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surface triangulation to boundary representation

Are there any open source tools available which can take a surface triangulation of mesh volumes and convert them to a boundary representation? I am interested in refining multiple region tetrahedral ...
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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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Custom Mesh Sizes in GMSH [closed]

I have a simple question today. I am new to GMSH and I am currently learning how to use the software program. I am using GMSH 3.0.4. What I am looking to do is to set a different mesh size for ...
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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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Algorithm to find boundary faces of mesh

I am given the data about nodes and elements of a tetrahedral mesh. What algorithm do I use to find the boundary faces of the mesh?
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Determinant of jacobian matrix

I am using an FEM code written in Fortran which I did not design. For a particular problem, the program complains that the determinant of the Jacobian matrix is inferior to zero. I vaguely ...
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adaptive / smart grid choice for dynamic programming

I've a read a paper about investing where they used a dynamic programming approach to solve a finite horizon problem, i.e. $$\max_{x_t} E[u(W_T)] $$ where $u$ is a utility function and $W_T$ ...
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Commonly-used metrics to quantify the irregularity of a triangular mesh

Say you have a triangular mesh on a flat plane. This has been drawn to eventually solve some problem in mechanics, for example. A mesh of equilateral triangles is the best inasmuch as the distances ...
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How to generate a tet10 mesh from a tet4 mesh

I am writing a FEN solver on tet10 elements. I right now have a CFD grid gen tool (Pointwise) which generates tet4 meshes. From this I have the element connectivity list and the node list. How do I go ...