A distortion measure to validate and generate curved high-order meshes on CAD surfaces with independence of parameterization
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
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A framework to validate and generate curved nodal high-order meshes on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) surfaces is presented. The proposed framework is of major interest to generate meshes suitable for thin-shell and 3D finite element analysis with unstructured high-order methods. First, we define a distortion (quality) measure for high-order meshes on parameterized surfaces that we prove to be independent of the surface parameterization. Second, we derive a smoothing and untangling procedure based on the minimization of a regularization of the proposed distortion measure. The minimization is performed in terms of the parametric coordinates of the nodes to enforce that the nodes slide on the surfaces. Moreover, the proposed algorithm repairs invalid curved meshes (untangling), deals with arbitrary polynomial degrees (high-order), and handles with low-quality CAD parameterizations (independence of parameterization). Third, we use the optimization procedure to generate curved nodal high-order surface meshes by means of an a posteriori approach. Given a linear mesh, we increase the polynomial degree of the elements, curve them to match the geometry, and optimize the location of the nodes to ensure mesh validity. Finally, we present several examples to demonstrate the features of the optimization procedure, and to illustrate the surface mesh generation process.
This is the accepted version of the following article: [Gargallo-Peiró, A., Roca, X., Peraire, J., and Sarrate, J. (2016) A distortion measure to validate and generate curved high-order meshes on CAD surfaces with independence of parameterization. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng, 106: 1100–1130. doi: 10.1002/nme.5162], which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nme.5162/abstract
CitationGargallo, A., Roca, X., Peraire, J., Sarrate, J. A distortion measure to validate and generate curved high-order meshes on CAD surfaces with independence of parameterization. "International journal for numerical methods in engineering", Juny 2016, vol. 106, núm. 13, p. 1100-1130.