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Old   November 19, 2018, 13:50
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Hello,
I'm currently trying to block a 3D lorry model to be able to mesh it.
It is an imported CAD model in ICEM.
I know how to block, associate, mesh 2D models but am struggling with 3D.
Please let me know if you know how to thanks.

The model is in a very big region compared to its body size.
I've attached below a photo of the model and the model in the region (ignore the attempted block lines)

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Old   November 20, 2018, 04:52
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Why not try unstructured?
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Old   November 20, 2018, 07:26
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Why not try unstructured?
Oh ok, I will try that. I still need to do the blocking right? and if so do you know the easiest way to split the region in reference to the curved surface?
Thank you
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No. With unstructured, you don't need blocking.
Only if you want hexa's (structured mesh), you need blocking. But with such a geometry, it might take you a week to create the bliocking structure, or a month if you are unexperienced. So I would recommend unstructured anyway.
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No. With unstructured, you don't need blocking.
Only if you want hexa's (structured mesh), you need blocking. But with such a geometry, it might take you a week to create the bliocking structure, or a month if you are unexperienced. So I would recommend unstructured anyway.
Oh I see thank you, I will get on it!
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Hi Tak,
i agree with Gert-Jan, fully structured blocking might take you a while.


Instead of meshing fully unstructured, i would use a hybrid approach.
Create a resolved unstructred mesh around the vehicle in a bounding box.
However, the windtunnel except the vehicle box could be meshed structuredly.



This approach has of course disadvantages as well as advantages.
The major disadvantage is, that it is not trivial to match the interface between unstructured and structured. However, there is a tutorial coming with icem explaining necessary steps. It might take some more work to also match element sizes.
A clear advantage, is that the structured part of the domain would need much fewer elements to fill it. The elements would also be aligned with the flow (better convergence, and higher accuracy). Generating the mesh after blocking is finished will also be much faster.


Also check out Simon's "Tips and Tricks" guide on page 45, searching "hexa tunnel".
You'll find the guide in this post: Before you start a thread, see if you can find answers here



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