Development of computer models and subsequent finite element analysis, are important aspects of modern engineering design. In this process, the geometry creation and finite element analysis software are well developed; however, the process of discretizing a geometry into a proper finite element model is time consuming and tedious. The work presented here uses the free-form deformation method to create smooth solid models, and invokes a solid subdivision and transition method to generate the hexahedron finite elements. The combination of these two techniques provides an automatic mesh generator that is easy to use, creates acceptable hexahedron elements for finite element analysis, and can model basically any complex shape.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hsu, Ssuta S., "Automatic Meshing of Free-Form Deformation Solids" (1989). All Theses and Dissertations. 3453.
Automatic, Mesh, Free-Form, Deformation, Solid, Computer, Model, Finite, Element, Analysis, Design, Geometry, Software, Hexahedron