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Old   November 17, 2010, 14:14
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How to interpret the pre-mesh quality criteria in ICEM.
For example, what are the minimum allowable values of criteria like Angle, 2X2X2 determinant, Skewness, etc. ?
Is there somewhere a table of such values which the user must ensure that the mesh satisfies?
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Old   November 23, 2012, 05:16
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Hello,

Unfortunatelly, there is no answer on this old topic... ... and I am very interressted by this problem of quality criteria. Does anyone has a personnal experience or any information on this point :
- list of important parameter to monitor ;
- value of the criteria to never exceed ;
- range of "good" value for this criteria ;

Thank you for any help that will be provided.


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How to interpret the pre-mesh quality criteria in ICEM.
For example, what are the minimum allowable values of criteria like Angle, 2X2X2 determinant, Skewness, etc. ?
Is there somewhere a table of such values which the user must ensure that the mesh satisfies?
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Determinant and min angle are the most important criteria.
You can also include aspect ratio, but from my point of view, it's more related to refinnement than quality.

Also, those critera depends a lot on your solver. I've read that skewness is very important for Fluent.

Usually, you want a determinant > 0,2 at least, and a min angle > 18. But Fluent or CFX works with a min angle of 9, or even lower ! Just check your results in the area where your min angle is lower than 18 to see if everything is ok.
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First of all these values are relative. There are many values which are not acceptable to Fluent but CFX. For example fluent is more tolerant of angle issue than the CFX. But Fluent does not like the pyramid shape and CFX does not mind it because of its internal working.

Keeping in view they have (meshing guys) have devised some metrices with factor of safety. Following are the most important quality metrics with thier range.

Angle : Must be greater than 18 deg (But some times Fluent sometimes can work as low as 9 deg)

Quality : Must be greater than 0.3. But quality of 0.2 or greater can be tried and if solver doesn't mind it than carry on.

Expansion rate: Change of cell volume with respect to neighbouring cells. Should be less than 10 (or 20 check the CFX of Fluent manual).

Skewness : (Fluent) Must be less than 0.8. Up to 0.95 is acceptable.

Aspect Ratio : Must be less than 100 for single precision solver and 1000 for double precision solver. But due to implementation of better algorithms, I have tested and found that AR up to 8000 is OK in boundary layer with no impact on the solution. Moreover it is the characteristics of boundary layer to have the smaller cell size in the normal direction where flow gradients are steep and have bigger cell size in stream wise direction as flow gradients are not sharp. This approach is not valid for the transition prediction where you requires ten time more mesh points in the vicinity of transition.

Important thing to remember:

If you are using Fluent then make the mesh which has orthogonal quality greater than 0.01. To ensure this you need to have the

1. Min quality greater than 0.3
2. Angle greater than 18
3. Smooth cell size change


For CFX, you need to ensure this in ICEM:

1. Min quality greater than 0.3
2. Min angle 18
3. Smooth cell size change.
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Also, those critera depends a lot on your solver. I've read that skewness is very important for Fluent.
First of all, thanks for all your answers.

I totally agree with you, the question of the solver is important and I should have mentionned it. In my case, its Fluent and I also heard that skewness is important. But... which skewness are we talking about ? In the quality histogram of ICEM I can see there are three kinds of "skewness" :
- skew ;
- TGrid skew ;
- Equiangle skewness.

I guess we are talking about TGrid skew which have an inverted scale (1 indicate a degenerated element so having cells over 0.8 is not good).
Sorry if this question seems very basic for you but I'm still perplex.
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I think I have an answer to my previous question.

I red the ICEM Help manual and I found p 404 the definition of the Equiangle Skew. I also red the Fluent user's Guide and I found p 1550 that the definition is different. In fact we have :

Equiangle skew (ICEM) = 1 - Equiangle skew (Fluent).

So my first impression was wrong, TGrid skew is not the skewness we are talking about. I think that the value of skewness computed in Fluent and which should not exceed 0,8 is, in fact, related to the equiangle skew in the ICEM quality histogram.
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First of all these values are relative. There are many values which are not acceptable to Fluent but CFX. For example fluent is more tolerant of angle issue than the CFX. But Fluent does not like the pyramid shape and CFX does not mind it because of its internal working.

Keeping in view they have (meshing guys) have devised some metrices with factor of safety. Following are the most important quality metrics with thier range.

Angle : Must be greater than 18 deg (But some times Fluent sometimes can work as low as 9 deg)

Quality : Must be greater than 0.3. But quality of 0.2 or greater can be tried and if solver doesn't mind it than carry on.

Expansion rate: Change of cell volume with respect to neighbouring cells. Should be less than 10 (or 20 check the CFX of Fluent manual).

Skewness : (Fluent) Must be less than 0.8. Up to 0.95 is acceptable.

Aspect Ratio : Must be less than 100 for single precision solver and 1000 for double precision solver. But due to implementation of better algorithms, I have tested and found that AR up to 8000 is OK in boundary layer with no impact on the solution. Moreover it is the characteristics of boundary layer to have the smaller cell size in the normal direction where flow gradients are steep and have bigger cell size in stream wise direction as flow gradients are not sharp. This approach is not valid for the transition prediction where you requires ten time more mesh points in the vicinity of transition.

Important thing to remember:

If you are using Fluent then make the mesh which has orthogonal quality greater than 0.01. To ensure this you need to have the

1. Min quality greater than 0.3
2. Angle greater than 18
3. Smooth cell size change


For CFX, you need to ensure this in ICEM:

1. Min quality greater than 0.3
2. Min angle 18
3. Smooth cell size change.


Based on my experience:

1. I never take quality as a criterion. Most important criterions are cell angle/skewness

2. CFX can handle angles >9 in almost all cases (even if Ansys guys always say, that it have to be at least 18 )
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