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Old   August 7, 2012, 05:30
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I am trying to mesh a 3D airfoil using edge sizing and inflation functions in ANSYS.

I have used quad mesh instead of triangular to mesh the airfoil.

I am not sure if the mesh is 100% correct.

Could you please tell me if there is any problem?

Please look at the screenshots.

Thank you in advance!
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Old   August 7, 2012, 06:15
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the volume jump between the last cell of the prism layers and the first cell of the regular mesh is far too high.

Why wouldn't you use a block-strucutred hexahedral mesh for this purpose?
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the volume jump between the last cell of the prism layers and the first cell of the regular mesh is far too high.

Why wouldn't you use a block-strucutred hexahedral mesh for this purpose?
I have never used hexahedral mesh before. I don't know how to do it.

I have changed the mesh and used triangular mesh. How is that now? Is it acceptable?
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Looks better, but still the transition between the cell volumes looks too fast.
Don't forget to include the prism layers.
I don't think that you need such a high mesh density at the leading and trailing edge of the airfoil.
Personally, I would avoid tet meshes and use hexahedrons whenever possible.
I think there are some tutorials in this forum about this topic, some of them especially dealing with airfoils
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It' better to have prism on the boundary layer (airfoil). You can keep the triangles at the same time.
Check at PRISM at different places
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It' better to have prism on the boundary layer (airfoil). You can keep the triangles at the same time.
Check at PRISM at different places
Do you mean inflation? As I am using sweep method, ANSYS does not allow to create inflation for 3D Airfoil on the boundaries.
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I have never used hexahedral mesh before. I don't know how to do it.

I have changed the mesh and used triangular mesh. How is that now? Is it acceptable?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYrbScUH9RE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EknKVAJGEJ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wQPeBpvwCk

here are the video tutorials for strctured hexa meshing on aerofoil...hope it helps have fun
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Do you mean inflation? As I am using sweep method, ANSYS does not allow to create inflation for 3D Airfoil on the boundaries.
I see no point in sweeping a tet mesh.
The tutorials brought up by cfd seeker should render this discussion pointless. Use ICEM if you want to create reliable results on a high quality mesh.
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I see no point in sweeping a tet mesh.
The tutorials brought up by cfd seeker should render this discussion pointless. Use ICEM if you want to create reliable results on a high quality mesh.
Could you tell me how I can reduce the transition speed between cells in ANSYS meshing? I am not familiar with ICEM.
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I think there is an option called "transition" or "growth factor" in hidden in the settings. I really don't know exactly.

But I can tell you: The time spent learning ICEM is well-wasted.
It is even the faster way to achieve a reasonable mesh quality in this case.
With the tutorials posted here, you will be done in only a few hours.
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I think there is an option called "transition" or "growth factor" in hidden in the settings. I really don't know exactly.

But I can tell you: The time spent learning ICEM is well-wasted.
It is even the faster way to achieve a reasonable mesh quality in this case.
With the tutorials posted here, you will be done in only a few hours.
Thank you Alex. I found that option. How is the mesh now?
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It still hurts my eyes
But I guess if you are committed to the Ansys Mesher, this is the best you will get.

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the volume jump between the last cell of the prism layers and the first cell of the regular mesh is far too high.
This still holds true.
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Hello!

I have a few question on this subject!

I am working on a project,pretty much the same as Julian121,and i have a problem with meshing on airfoil too.

I want to ask,if I can mesh a boundary geometry (including the airfoil shape) with ICEM,and if the export file of the ICEM can import in Ansys mesher,in order to continue the project on the workbench.

Thanks!

I am waiting for your responses!
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