Abstract

Adaptive all-hexahedral meshing algorithms have many desirable features. These algorithms provide a mesh that is efficient for analysis by providing a high element density in specific locations, such as areas of high stress gradient or high curvature and reduced mesh density in other areas of less importance. In addition, inside-out hexahedral grid based schemes, using Cartesian structured grids for the base mesh, have shown great promise in accommodating automatic all-hexahedral algorithms. In these algorithms mesh refinement is generally used to capture geometric features. Unfortunately, most adaptive mesh generation algorithms employ a 3-refinement method. This method, although easy to employ, provides a mesh that is coarse in most areas and highly refined in other areas. Because a single refined hex is subdivided into 27 new hexes, regardless of the desired refinement, there is little control on mesh density. This paper will present an adaptive all-hexahedral grid-based meshing algorithm that employs a 2-refinement insertion method. 2-refinement is based on dividing a hex to be refined into eight new hexes. This allows greater control on mesh density which in turn increases computational efficiency.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Date Submitted

2010-08-06

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3906

Keywords

meshing, refinement, adaptation, hexahedral

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