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Old   January 17, 2024, 02:16
Default Create unstructured grid mesh in openfoam
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To simulate using a mesh composed of tetrahedral elements instead of a structured grid in OpenFOAM, would it be best to generate the mesh using a different tool like Fluent and then import it? Also, is it possible to use the setFields utility on this imported unstructured mesh in OpenFOAM?

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To simulate using a mesh composed of tetrahedral elements instead of a structured grid in OpenFOAM, would it be best to generate the mesh using a different tool like Fluent and then import it? Also, is it possible to use the setFields utility on this imported unstructured mesh in OpenFOAM?

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Hey,

There is no way that you can create a tetrahedral mesh in openfoam using blockMesh/snappyHexMesh. If you want to use fluent, I believe you would be able to create a hexahedral mesh with ease, even if the geometry is complex. If you want to stick with the opensource world, I would recommend SALOME, which is the program I use.

Regarding the setFields, in OF11 I use the mapFields option. I am not aware if it is possible to map a hexahedral mesh in a tetrahedral mesh, but I can't find a reason why it would not be.
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