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Old   March 10, 2013, 10:33
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Hello everyone!

I have one more question and I'd really appreciate it if someone could help.

When I use 4 connectors to assemble an unstructured domain, the mesh that is created is as if it has collapsed inwards. I attach a picture of the resulting domain.
It would be nice if I understood why this is happening and how to fix it.

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I think I found the solution by reading this post:
[Pointwise] unstructured mesh domain question

I selected the database lines and then I selected
Create --> Coons Patch --> Generate Surfaces --> OK

and afterwards I assembled the domain and it seems ok...
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Old   March 10, 2013, 12:59
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Good to see you found that post. I didn't give much of an explanation though.

Creating unstructured domains from curved connectors _without_ underlying geometry will result in the initialized points being created like you saw because the algorithm it uses for unconstrained domains is a very simple interpolation of the boundary points.

This however is not the case for unconstrained structured domains which uses transfinite interpolation (TFI) and will do a much better job at creating the internal point locations such that it better represents the curvature of the bounding connectors. In fact, the structured domain TFI creates domains in a similar manner to how b-spline surface geometry is created.

The moral is for unstructured domains with curved bounding connectors you need to create an underlying database surface by which it can constrain it's internal points otherwise you end up with what you saw.

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Hello everyone!

I have one more question and I'd really appreciate it if someone could help.

When I use 4 connectors to assemble an unstructured domain, the mesh that is created is as if it has collapsed inwards. I attach a picture of the resulting domain.
It would be nice if I understood why this is happening and how to fix it.

Update
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I think I found the solution by reading this post:
[Pointwise] unstructured mesh domain question

I selected the database lines and then I selected
Create --> Coons Patch --> Generate Surfaces --> OK

and afterwards I assembled the domain and it seems ok...
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Old   March 10, 2013, 14:15
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Chris, thank you so much for the answer and the thorough explanation.
I had, in fact, nocited while experimenting with the software's features that - as you said - this is happening only with the unstructured domains while the structured ones are perfect. Now, I found out how to do it properly and thanks to you, I know the underlying theory as well! I appreciate your help!

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Good to see you found that post. I didn't give much of an explanation though.

Creating unstructured domains from curved connectors _without_ underlying geometry will result in the initialized points being created like you saw because the algorithm it uses for unconstrained domains is a very simple interpolation of the boundary points.

This however is not the case for unconstrained structured domains which uses transfinite interpolation (TFI) and will do a much better job at creating the internal point locations such that it better represents the curvature of the bounding connectors. In fact, the structured domain TFI creates domains in a similar manner to how b-spline surface geometry is created.

The moral is for unstructured domains with curved bounding connectors you need to create an underlying database surface by which it can constrain it's internal points otherwise you end up with what you saw.

-Chris
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