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Tetra Meshing over Frigate Ship Model
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I want to analyse the vortex shedding from a Frigate ship model for which I need to apply tetra-prism meshing. I am new to ICEM, can anyone please help me out in meshing such that i get fine meshing around the ship model and coarse in the surrounding volume, what would be the initial mesh parameters and how should I proceed to get the good result. (Dimension of control volume is length = 600 ft, width = 175 ft, height = 150 ft)

Felggv August 29, 2012 14:42

Hi there,

As far as I know, it's better for you to mesh them separatedly.

First mesh your ship the way you want, then mesh the surrounding volume.

After you've done that, you simply create an interface between them when editing your BC's in CFX-Pre. That's a way to link them!

Good luck.

ghorrocks August 29, 2012 18:35

How do you mesh a complex geometry? As if we can answer that on a forum.

Do the tutorials (including the tutorials at the ANSYS Customer page), do training, play with lots of options and see how they go, and do benchmark studies to see what the accuracy implications for meshing choices are. There is not short cuts, you just have to do the work to become proficient.

evcelica August 29, 2012 20:42

your geometry looks to be blocks, and all 90 degree corners. I'm no expert but that seems like a perfect candidate for a perfectly orthogonal hexa mesh? August 30, 2012 06:33

I have done terta meshing with cell density around the ship and exponential meshing parameter around the ship with coarse meshing. When I am analysing the steady solution in the Fluent, My iteration graph is oscillating even in the k-epsioln realisable model at 1st order mode. Please guys help me out with the reason behind the oscillation if the graph.

singer1812 August 30, 2012 09:14

Umm, this is a cfx forum. Perhaps fluent forum could address better?

Your domain looks very blocky. Are you sure you dont want to use ICEM blocking for this?

If you insist on using tet, perhaps you are expanding too fast from the fine region to the coarse. Perhaps you still have too coarse around the frigate. Did you do a mesh sensitivity to try to get the convergence you want?

Felggv August 30, 2012 13:05

This is a simple strategy (somehow).

You don't know the problem, but you may know what is NOT causing the problem... so go around every parameter and try to eliminate them by steps, you'll get closer the what's causing you trouble by attacking isolating the influence of the other parameters.

This works for most cases.

Good luck!

PS: I'd say the first thing you should do is the mesh analysis. August 31, 2012 07:11

I have done hexa meshing with blocking technique and found my mesh quality is 0.7. Is it quite enough for this model and Please tell me the way, how should I give ratio and spacing such that my aspect ratio can be maintained.

Felggv August 31, 2012 09:20


Let me ask you, have you set the dimensions of your model in a way that it would fit the element size you want? Do the blocks fit?

Let's say you want a 4cm element size mesh... then you need your dimensions to be proportional to 4!

Keeping that in mind might not give you the real dimensions of your frigate but would be a nice initial step for solving the problem... I've seen this method giving mesh quality of ~1.0 and, besides, mesh would be out of question... one thing not to worry about anymore.

Good luck! August 31, 2012 09:41

hey Felggv, thanx for your precious help... August 31, 2012 13:11

I split the blocks and done all the required association and meshing part, but when I am analyzing the mesh in Fluent, then the graph is oscillating even upto 10000 iterations, I think, this is the problem with meshing, aspect ratio might be not good so while examining meshing through interpolation it is oscillating. I still think there is some problem with ratio's and spacing. Is I am rite?

Felggv September 3, 2012 14:26

Try analyzing the mesh within the ICEM.

It has some quality tools there... the goal is to achieve something close to 1.
Keep trying different ratios to see the overall quality, although your model looks quite simple to mesh (using blocks), it can be a little tricky because of the distortion on the inside caused by any wrong spacing.

Are you doing separated meshes for the frigate itself and the atmosphere around it?


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