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Meshing is an integral part of the computer-aided engineering


simulation process. The mesh influences the accuracy, convergence
and speed of the solution. Furthermore, the time it takes to create
and mesh a model is often a significant portion of the time it takes to
get results from a CAE solution. From easy, automatic meshing to a
highly crafted mesh, ANSYS provides the ultimate solution. Once the
best design is found, meshing technologies from ANSYS provide the
flexibility to produce meshes that range in complexity from pure hex
to highly detailed hybrid; a user can put the right mesh in the right
place and ensure that a simulation will accurately validate the
physical model.

Meshing Process in ANSYS Meshing :

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Physics preference in ANSYS Meshing are : Mechanical,


Electromagnetics, CFD and Explicit.

Meshing methods available for 3D bodies : Automatic,


Tetrahedrons, MultiZone, Hex Dominant, Sweep, CutCell.

Meshing methods available for 2D bodies : Automatic Method (Quad


Dominant), Triangles, Uniform Quad/Tri, Uniform Quad.

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1. Automatic Meshing Method, If you select the automatic


method control, the body will be swept if possible. Otherwise,
Tetrahedrons (Patch Conforming) is used.

The global Element Midside Nodes option allows you to control


whether meshes are to be created with midside nodes (quadratic
elements/second order) or without midside nodes (linear
elements/first order). Reducing the number of midside nodes
reduces the number of degrees of freedom. Choices for the global

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Element Midside Nodes option include Program Controlled,


Dropped, and Kept.

Program Controlled is the default. For surface bodies and beam


models, Program Controlled is identical to the Dropped option
described below. For solid bodies and 2-D models, Program
Controlled is identical to the Kept option described below.

The Dropped option removes midside nodes on all elements.


Examples shown below are for a solid body.

The Kept option retains midside nodes on elements created in the


part or body. All elements will have midside nodes.

2. Tetrahedrod/Hybrid Meshing Method, where an all tetrahedral


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mesh is created. An algorithm setting is displayed allowing you to


choose how the tetrahedral mesh is created based on your choice of
one of the following options :

a) Patch Conforming Algorithm for Tetrahedrons Methods Control


:

Bottom up approach : Meshing process starts from edge, face


and then body

All faces and their boundaries are respected and meshed

Good for clean CAD geometries

b) Patch Independent Algorithm for Tetrahedrons Method Control


:

Top down approach : The volume mesh is generated first, and


this is projected on to faces and edges to create the surface
mesh

The faces and their boundaries (edges and vertices) are not
necessarily respected if they fall under a specified tolerance,
unless there is a named selection, load, boundary condition or
other object scoped to them

Good for gross de-featuring of dirty CAD geometries

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Patch Conforming Method. Faces, edges and proximities are


respected and resolved.

Patch Independent Method. Defined name selections before grid


generation process.

3. Hex Dominant Meshing Method, where a free hex dominant


mesh is created. This option is recommended for bodies that cannot
be swept.

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The mesh contains a combination of tet and pyramid cells with


majority of cell being of hex type. Hex dominant meshing reduced
element count.

4. Sweep Meshing Method, a sweep mesh is forced on


“sweepable” bodies (including axis-sweepable bodies, which are not
displayed when you use the show sweepable bodies feature). The
mesher will fail if a swept mesh cannot be generated on a body with
a sweep method control.

ANSYS Meshing can find sweepable bodies in the geometry


automatically.

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5. MultiZone Meshing Method, based on blocking approach used


in ANSYS ICEM CFD Hexa. It automatically generates a pure
haxehedral mesh where possible and then fills the more difficult to
capture regions with unstructured mesh. The MultiZone mesh
method and the Sweep mesh method operate similarly; however,
MultiZone has capabilities that make it more suitable for a class of
problems for which the Sweep method would not work without
extensive geometry decomposition.

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References : ANSYS Meshing Brochure ; ANSYS Meshing User’s Guide


; http://www.scribd.com/doc/93314379/AM-Intro-13-0-L02-Meshing-Methods

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Thanks a lot for the post

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Thanks a lot bro.

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