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Old   April 3, 2019, 05:18
Question Holes in complex ICEM geometry
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Hello,

I'm trying to model blood flow through a stented artery with an aneurysm. I have created the desired geometry (picture attached) and am trying to mesh a quite complex area in ICEM. The geometry consists of a blood vessel combined with a helical swept cut representing a stent. This can be seen in attached picture.

I was initially successful in meshing the geometry by creating a new part for the helical stent's surface and assigning a maximum element size to it. I have attached a picture of this also.

When I edited my geometry file to increase the number of coils in the stent (from 10 to 20) this technique no longer works. I receive the error: "geometry has holes". I have also attached a picture of this. It appears that the geometry has holes in certain areas where the stent surface meets the vessel surface as can be seen. I am not able to identify the source of this error as I have only made a small change to the geometry with all other settings identical.

I'd appreciate if anyone could point me in the right direction to solving this issue.

Thanks in advance!

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Old   April 4, 2019, 03:24
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To me it looks like there is just a mistmatch of walls of atery and spring.
- What do you see if you show the surface geometry 'Full' (Use RMB on surface in geometry tree)
- Usually it helps to cut large surfaces into smaller piece. Then ICEM is able to represent the geometry better. Did you try that?
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Old   April 4, 2019, 04:40
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Thanks for the reply Gert-Jan. I've managed to solve the problem by importing my geometry file in .SAT format rather than the supposedly inferior .STEP.
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