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A Topological Model for the Representation of Meshing Constraints in the Context of Finite Element Analysis

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Gilles Foucault, Jean-Claude Léon

INPG-UJF UMR CNRS, Grenoble Cedex, France

Jean-Christophe Cuillière, Vincent François

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Roland Maranzana

Ecole de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Paper No. DETC2006-99280, pp. 153-164; 12 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 26th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4257-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The preparation of Finite Element analysis models (FE models) from Computer Aided Design (CAD) models is still a difficult task since its Boundary Representation (B-Rep) is often composed of a large number of thin faces, small edges, which are much smaller than the desired element size, and are not relevant for the meshing process. Such inconsistencies often cause poor-shaped FE elements, overdensities of elements, not only slowing down the computation of the FE solution, but also producing poor simulation results. In this paper, we present a “Mesh Constraint Topology” (MCT) model with adaptation operators aiming at transforming the CAD model in a FE model which only contains meshing-relevant edges and vertices, i.e. the explicit model of data intrinsic to the meshing process. Because the topology of faces adapted for meshing could contain interior edges, the MCT is represented with adjacency graphs instead of the B-Rep data-structure. We demonstrate how graphs provide efficient schemes to qualify interior and boundary entities, and facilitate the design of adaptation operators using high-level graph operators. Application and results are presented through adaptation issues of CAD models solved using MCT adaptation operators.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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