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Old   January 6, 2013, 03:51
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While trying a shape optimization with v1.1, I find cells get all tangled up after using SPRING method for deformation. The grid is hybrid with triangular prisms in the boundary layer. My grid does have high aspect ratio cells, maybe as high as 10^5 in the boundary layer. Trying TORSIONAL_SPRING option, the code seemed to run forever even for almost zero deformation case, and I had to kill it. It is possible my grid is very bad, though I have been able to run su2 cfd on it. I would like to know if there are any known issues with such high aspect ratio case for grid deformation.

Also, since FFD already provides volumetric deformation, is it possible to use FFD itself for grid deformation ?
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Hi Praveen,

Mesh deformation with 'viscous' grids can be more difficult simply due to the highly stretched cells, like you mention. I have had some luck in the past with using the TORSIONAL_SPRING option while also turning down the error tolerance of the grid deformation solver using the GRID_DEFORM_ERROR option. Note that this controls the tolerance of the volume grid deformation and not the surface movement. By default, this value is 1e-14, and relaxing it will often allow for the code to converge. Lastly, there is also a third deformation technique, ALGEBRAIC, that you might try.

At the moment, FFD is not available as a mesh deformation technique on its own, however, this has been discussed by the dev team and could certainly be implemented in the future.

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I am now experimenting with v2. I increased the tolerance to 10^(-8) but still torsional spring does not finish. This happens even on initial grid where the deformation should be zero. Can I further increase it considering that I have highly clustered grids ?
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Have you had any luck since with the mesh deformation?

You could always try some tests by running SU2_MDC directly with your config file and varying some of the parameters (raise the tolerance even further, try algebraic, try a different linear solver, etc.)

Also, one other note is that the algorithm will often fail if a zero deformation is imposed. It is best to at least impose a small epsilon for the design variables.
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I did try algebraic in the past but did have any luck with it. I will check again. In v2 how do I select linear solver. The old variable does not seem to work since I get this warning


WARNING: unrecognized option in the config. file: GRID_DEFORM_SOLVER.
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I did try algebraic in the past but did have any luck with it. I will check again. In v2 how do I select linear solver. The old variable does not seem to work since I get this warning


WARNING: unrecognized option in the config. file: GRID_DEFORM_SOLVER.
In the current version, conjugate gradient is the solver by default for grid movement.
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