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Old   July 2, 2009, 05:20
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Hi,

Does anybody know how to get a vtk mesh or an Abaqus mesh into OpenFOAM?


The reason I ask is that I was trying out the freely available meshing software IA-FEMesh:
http://www.ccad.uiowa.edu/mimx/IA-FEMesh/

IA-FEMesh lets you hex mesh complex geometries like bones. But you can only export the mesh as a '.inp' file (Abaqus) or save it as a '.vtk' mesh.

So does anybody know how I might convert these to OpenFOAM?


Thanks in advance,
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Some info:
I am wanting to entirely hex mesh a bone in OpenFOAM.
snappyHexMesh works fine to produce a hex dominated mesh, with a few polyhedra, and I will probably use these meshes for my simulations.

Also, if you entirely tet mesh the bone (in Gambit for example), then you can use the 'polyDualMesh' utility to create an entirely polyhedral mesh. I will have to do some mesh analysis to see if these meshes are suitable for my simulations.
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Just in case someone else is trying to do the same thing, I achieved it in the following (long way around) way:
  • From IA-FEMesh, I exported the mesh in the Abaqus format
  • In Fluent 6.3.26, go File->Import->Abaqus->Input file then, once the mesh is loaded, File->write->case
  • In Gambit, this case file can be imported via File->Import->Mesh->Fluent5/6 and pick mesh type to be 3D.
  • The mesh can then be exported in the gambit neutral format '.neu'. Set solver to generic, then File->export->mesh.
  • This mesh file can then be converted in OpenFOAM using the 'gambitToFoam' command.

And there you go,
the next step is figuring out how to define patches...

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Thank you, Philip, very much for your guide line!
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You're welcome,

I trying out the OF-1.4 utility 'patchTool' to define patches on this imported geometry, if you come up with a better way, I'd love to know.

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Philip,
do you have any ideas how to produce either STL or VTK files from FLUENT cas data or gambit mesh? I haven't check yet, if there is such export function in GAMBIT.
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Dr. VAKHRUSHEV,

I am not very familiar with Fluent, in fact I only installed it for this conversion!

But as far as I know, I don't think Gambit can export STL files, although I could be wrong.

The STL files I use were generated from CT scans using Mimics, which is a program for reconstructing 3D models from CT/MRI scans.

Possibly Rhino (http://www.rhino3d.com/) might be able to create STL files from your data, but once again I am not certain.

You could check the forum for how other people do it.

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Hello, I have worked several weeks on a software that converts abaqus meshes into a gmsh mesh, which can then be converted with the command gmshToFoam that comes with the openFoam package.

After making the mesh, when you create a job in abaqus you can write the input for that job, the mesh is then written as a .inp file like 'job-1.inp' in the abaqus temp folder . This software runs in windows and takes a '.inp' file and gives a '.msh' file.

I can't upload it because it exceeds te max filesize but if anyone is interested send an E-mail to lfbarcelo@gmail.com and I will sen it to you as a .zip with all the necessary libraries to install it.
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This software defines patches, you only havo to asign a different bondary condition to each patch in abaqus and then you foam mesh will have different patches, you only have to name them by editing the boundary file.
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hi,
does any ones know how to export mesh from gambit into fortran.
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Hi,

What do you mean by fortran?

Fortran is just a language, not a mesh format.

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hi,
I schould prepare my code with FORTRAN, I want to use a nonregular grid

, this is why it is easier to export the grid from Gambit. I want to know how

to export the grid?
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There is no general export tools from Gambit to FORTRAN:-)
I wonder is today the 1st of April???
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Philip,
do you have any ideas how to produce either STL or VTK files from FLUENT cas data or gambit mesh? I haven't check yet, if there is such export function in GAMBIT.
What about CGNS = "CFD General Notation System"?
This should be supported by FLUENT or GAMBIT for sure!

And OF has http://openfoamwiki.net/index.php/Si...GNS_Converters
CGNS Converters as well. Thanks to Martin Beaudoin

Then you could use foamToVtk if that is still nescessary

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Hello, I have worked several weeks on a software that converts abaqus meshes into a gmsh mesh, which can then be converted with the command gmshToFoam that comes with the openFoam package.

After making the mesh, when you create a job in abaqus you can write the input for that job, the mesh is then written as a .inp file like 'job-1.inp' in the abaqus temp folder . This software runs in windows and takes a '.inp' file and gives a '.msh' file.

I can't upload it because it exceeds te max filesize but if anyone is interested send an E-mail to lfbarcelo@gmail.com and I will sen it to you as a .zip with all the necessary libraries to install it.
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i need your software and i will send my email to you please send it
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Hello,

I am a new user of OpenFOAM, using it for my PhD. I manipulate human body structures from MRI data, mesh them, but I would like to use it in OpenFOAM to run some case. Do you know wether there is an alternative to the Fluent - Gambit commercial code of use?

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Hello,

I am a new user of OpenFOAM, using it for my PhD. I manipulate human body structures from MRI data, mesh them, but I would like to use it in OpenFOAM to run some case. Do you know wether there is an alternative to the Fluent - Gambit commercial code of use?

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Hi Bertrand,

Unfortunately I have not come across any other software to convert vtk/abaqus to OpenFOAM.
You could write a program to convert them but this may be a lot of effort.

Another possible option is to use a free meshing program that tet meshes your geometry, then import to OpenFOAM and then convert this geometry into polyhedral using polyDualMesh.

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Hi Philip,

Thank you very much for your very quick answer! So I actually use ItkSnap to get a segmentation of some part of the human body, out of MRI images : I can save this mesh as .stl or .vtk format. But which free software would you advise to transfer one of those two formats to OpenFOAM? Knowing that I don't think I can use SnappyHexMesh, since I want to have a mesh inside the .stl and not outside... Or can I?

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Bertrand: you can use snappyHexMesh to generate a mesh inside a closed 3D STL surface... as long as that surface isn't simply flat (2D in 3D)!

Additionally, you could take a look to the surfaceMesh* utilities that provide ways to convert surface meshes between (both ways) OpenFOAM format and various others (which I'm not sure who they are ).

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Hello Bertrand,

perhaps you should take a look at Mevislab http://www.mevislab.de/ to get an STL-file from your MRI Data. Of course ITK Snap does the job as well (all based on Kitware´s VTK).
After that you can use SnappyHexMesh as bruno said before, just make sure that your locationInMesh looks really on the inside of your STL. Therefore a visual aid to assure this, like it is tried in http://www.discretizer.org/files/boxdialog.jpg discretizer Setup


Of course you can take IA-FEMesh as well and convert VTK-Files into STL-Files with a short VTK-Program, I can post my python Program that converts VTK-Data to STL-files if you prefer IA-FEMesh.

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Hi Bertrand,

I don't know if this reply will still be of use to you, but the open source program enGrid can import vtk meshes and it has the ability to export directly to OpenFoam, however, I don't have any direct experience importing vtk meshes using enGrid. You can find the software at http://engits.eu/en/engrid.

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