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 just-right June 17, 2011 14:43

[ICEM] Thin Wall Problems

I am meshing a wing like shape in close proximity to the ground. The geometry is 2 mm thick with an endplate on the side.

I am having problems with patch dependent meshing in relation to the points and the edges. Some nodes do not obay the surface, edges or nodes and actually penetrate the opposite surface.

I am currently using the following approach:

- Import geometry
- Name surfaces
- Keep curves and points
- Set global mesh sizes and enable curvature/proximity
- Change edge criterion

The mesh is full of errors because of these overlapping surface nodes. Could somebody recommend how to approach this problem with the exception of just creating 2 mm element all over the geometry?

I have seperated the large surfaces and the small surfaces. There seems great sensitivity to the edge criterion. However, even though the curves that define the edges as well as the points are still there no consistency in the meshing process is present.

I have enclosed two pictures that should represent some of the problems I am having

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/1900/icem1.png

The surface on the right is the symmetry plane it can be seen that it interchanges with the other surfaces.

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/5421/icem2.png

The surface mesh is so deformed that it penetrates the other surface.

I have been using the "define thin cuts" approach with improvements. It resolves the small areas a lot better, however, I still encounter various difficulties. Primarily the area where the small faces and the larger faces of the diffuser meet the edge is maintained. Near the edge where the horizontal and vertical face of the diffuser meet it is not maintaind:

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/8186/icem3.png

This problem occurs in the same region every time and it leads me to believe it is a function of the algorithm.

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/7562/icem4.png

The current settings also don't obay the red lines between the symmetry plane and the actual geometry. Sometimes triangular faces of the symmetry plane collaps to the geometry in question and vice versa. It also regularly create piramid shapes by not connecting nodes to the curve:

http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/2734/icem5.png

I would imagine there is a solution to this problem. I have tried edge criterion but in combination with the thin cuts it results in a lot of holes in the mesh.

 just-right June 17, 2011 15:30

Unfortunately my colleagues can't help as they use different meshing software. One of them meshed the problem in workbench and it worked without any of the above problems. However, ICEM is a lot faster and I would like to know if there is solution to the inconcistencies I am having.

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