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Old   November 3, 2008, 11:37
Default Hi dear users, I'm an engineer
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Hi dear users, I'm an engineer student in Milan, Italy. I use Calculix to build Fem analysis importing OpenFoam results. To complete this import I need a hex mesh; how can I create a hex mesh with Gmsh? I've read a lot of tutorial, but are all concerning Gmsh generation of tet mesh.
Can you help me?

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Old   November 3, 2008, 14:30
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Hello Fabrizio,

As far as I am aware, Gmsh cannot create a Hex mesh of a complex 3D geometry.

For most practical cases I have come across, Gmsh (and all other open source meshing software I have tried) only generates pure tetrahedral meshes.

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Old   November 3, 2008, 16:33
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Hi thank you for your reply. My geometry is quite simple. Can you tell me how use gmsh to generate the mesh?

Thank you

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Old   November 3, 2008, 17:18
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Hello again,

Well.... I could probably help you out if I got to see the geometry :-)! As in... for example...

1. What format is your geometry in?
2. Have you been able to load it into GMSH yet?
3. What format do you want the output in... and does GMSH support this format?
4. How does the geometry itself look?
5. etc...etc...

Quoting from the GMSH Website:
"Gmsh's mesh module regroups several 1D, 2D and 3D mesh algorithms, all producing grids conforming in the sense of finite elements (see section 1.2 Mesh: finite element mesh generation).

The 2D unstructured algorithms generate triangles or both triangles and quadrangles (when Recombine Surface is used: see 4.2.3 Miscellaneous). The 3D unstructured algorithms only generate tetrahedra.

The 2D structured algorithms (transfinite and extrusion) generate triangles by default, but quadrangles can be obtained by using the Recombine commands (see 4.2.2 Structured grids, and 4.2.3 Miscellaneous). The 3D structured algorithms generate tetrahedra, hexahedra, prisms and pyramids, depending on the type of the surface meshes they are based on. "


So, if you need to create unstructured 3D meshes, then tetrahedral meshes are the only option....

Hope this helps..

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Old   November 5, 2008, 11:30
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Hi Philippose thank for help. I've decided to try another way to mesh my model, I think that SnappyHexMesh utility could be great for my pourpose.

Thank you again

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Old   November 9, 2008, 13:17
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Hi fabrizio, I'm aso a engineer student in Milan

For snappyHexMesh I'm writing tutorial, you can find first step on http://www.cfditalia.org [IT].

If you have sono question or can help me to write it please contact me
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Old   November 9, 2008, 14:20
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Hi Marco thanks for your reply. I have some problems in writing the snappyHexMeshDict file, the OF tutorial about this topic is not very clear in my opinion. I've read the tutorial in the site you suggested, but it's not about snappyHexMeshDict file, I've alredy created the base mesh with blockMesh utility; I'll be very interested in the second part of the tutorial when it will be on line. If you want we can meet in university, so we can speak about our OF works.

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Old   November 10, 2008, 14:59
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hi fabrizio, contact me by mail (find it on my profile)
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Old   November 12, 2008, 12:48
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dear all,
i have the problem of getting very poor results when using a finer (0.1-0.3 m) background (blockmesh) for snappy. it does not seem to perform the refine surface. i get muche better results for the surface when using a very coarse background mesh (0.5-1m)

why is it behaving this way, there is now error when i run checkmesh?

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Ciao mavimo,

I tried to reach your page which did you announced. But i could not get on it. Is it down? However, proparly you are very involved into snappyhexmesh. Therefore , I want to ask you the question how to avoid polyheder. Because I need a mesh consisting purely of hexhedron. How can I make it happen?

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