Hexahedral refinement increases the density of an all-hexahedral mesh in a specified region, improving numerical accuracy. Previous research using solely sheet refinement theory made the implementation computationally expensive and unable to effectively handle multiply-connected transition elements and self-intersecting hexahedral sheets. The Selective Approach method is a new procedure that combines two diverse methodologies to create an efficient and robust algorithm able to handle the above stated problems. These two refinement methods are: 1) element by element refinement and 2) directional refinement. In element by element refinement, the three inherent directions of a hexahedron are refined in one step using one of seven templates. Because of its computational superiority over directional refinement, but its inability to handle multiply-connected transition elements, element by element refinement is used in all areas of the specified region except regions local to multiply-connected transition elements. The directional refinement scheme refines the three inherent directions of a hexahedron separately on a hexahedron by hexahedron basis. This differs from sheet refinement which refines hexahedra using hexahedral sheets. Directional refinement is able to correctly handle multiply-connected transition elements. A ranking system and propagation scheme allow directional refinement to work within the confines of the Selective Approach Algorithm.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Parrish, Michael Hubbard, "A Selective Approach to Hexahedral Refinement of Unstructured Conformal Meshes" (2007). All Theses and Dissertations. 979.
refinement, hexahedral, mesh generation, meshing, computer modeling