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Old   July 20, 2018, 07:38
Default GenerateVolumeMesh Error - Surface Wrapper Self Interacting (?)
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Hello Guys,

I'm trying to mesh a full F1 car, and because my previous CFD simulations were much simpler geometries (I used Regions Based Mesh), this is my first time using Parts Based Mesh.

For a starting point on the mesh, I'm using Surface Wrapper and Automated Mesh (Surface Remesher, Trimmed, Prism Layer) (following some tutorials my supervisor gave me), but it's not being able to mesh:

And this is the error I'm having:
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Surface Remesher Completed: CPU Time: 3053.02, Wall Time: 3056.30, Memory: 18957.27 MB
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Following Parts are Self Intersecting
Surface Wrapper
Command: GenerateVolumeMesh
error: Server Error
Following Parts are Self Intersecting
Surface Wrapper
Command: GenerateVolumeMesh
command: CommandComplete
error: Server Error

Design STAR-CCM+ simulation completed
Server process exited with code : 0"

I can't really identify what can be causing this. Can anyone give me some hints where I can look for problems causing this?

If anyone fancies having a look here it is the file: (Keep in mind you won't be able to run this on a PC, only on cluster, as it's taking 2 hours on a cluster to get to the volume mesh!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pd8...ew?usp=sharing

Thank you
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In case it helps anyone, here is the complete slurm file!

Starting local server: /system/software/generic/brookes/CD-adapco/12.04.010-R8/STAR-CCM+12.04.010-R8/star/bin/starccm+ -mpi intel -np 16 -machinefile hostfile.txt -mppflags "-bootstrap slurm" -server -rsh ssh Perrinn_Benchmark.sim
Starting STAR-CCM+ parallel server
MPI Distribution : Intel MPI-5.0.3
Host 0 -- cnode2079 -- Ranks 0-15
Process rank 0 cnode2079 3110
Total number of processes : 16

STAR-CCM+ 12.04.010 (linux-x86_64-2.5/gnu4.8-r8)
License build date: 02 February 2017
This version of the code requires license version 2017.06 or greater.
Checking license file: 27000@10.4.144.10
1 copy of ccmpsuite checked out from 27000@10.4.144.10
Feature ccmpsuite expires in 74 days
Thu Jul 19 11:59:19 2018

Server::start -host cnode2079.arcus.arc.local:47827
Loading object database: Perrinn_Benchmark.sim
Loading module: StarMeshing
Loading module: MeshingSurfaceRepair
Loading module: StarSurfaceWrapper
Loading module: StarResurfacer
Loading module: StarTrimmer
Loading module: SegregatedFlowModel
Loading module: KeTurbModel
Simulation database saved by:
STAR-CCM+ 12.04.010 (win64/intel16.3-r8) Tue Jun 6 18:28:42 UTC 2017 Serial
Loading into:
STAR-CCM+ 12.04.010 (linux-x86_64-2.5/gnu4.8-r8) Tue Jun 6 18:28:42 UTC 2017 Np=16
Started Parasolid modeler version 29.01.131
Object database load completed.
Generating mesh
Executing parts-based mesh operations
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Executing Automated Mesh Operation: Surface Wrapper
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Projecting to CAD geometry where possible
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Executing Surface Wrapper
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Checking input surface validity
done, CPU Time: 0.15, Memory: 1665.66 MB, # Trias: 2960942

Computing Entity Depth
computing surface proximity
min:max face size 0.0005:0.2
done, CPU Time: 113.98, Memory: 1965.88 MB, # Trias: 2960942

Generating Octree Mesh
Estimated size of initial output surface: 35121587
done, CPU Time: 104.87, Memory: 5469.30 MB

Obtaining Initial Surface
created 29501160 triangles
done, CPU Time: 37.94, Memory: 7504.70 MB, # Trias: 29501160

Fixing Non-manifold Surface
done, CPU Time: 22.04, Memory: 9047.18 MB, # Trias: 29501324

Constraining Vertices to Input Surface
constraining 14750420 vertices to original surface
done, CPU Time: 62.82, Memory: 9159.71 MB, # Trias: 29501324

Improving Triangle Quality
done, CPU Time: 23.24, Memory: 9082.70 MB, # Trias: 29110294

Marking flipped faces
done, CPU Time: 18.36, Memory: 9206.54 MB, # Trias: 29109238

Defining Features
Initializing data structures
Retaining Features (1/4)
Retaining Features (2/4)
Retaining Features (3/4)
Defeaturing (4/4)
done, CPU Time: 482.23, Memory: 9206.54 MB, # Trias: 29335158

Imprinting Features
built 1345 chains of feature edges for imprinting
done, CPU Time: 22.91, Memory: 9206.54 MB, # Trias: 29404128

Fixing Baffles
found 114 final baffle faces
done, CPU Time: 46.68, Memory: 9206.54 MB, # Trias: 29383096

Assigning Face Types to Surface
done, CPU Time: 851.12, Memory: 9206.54 MB

Reassociating wrapped mesh with CAD

Non-manifold wrap edge to CAD edge mapping for CAD edge 12958 at wrap mesh vertex 3820056
done, CPU Time: 1135.12, Memory: 9206.54 MB

Fixing flipped faces
done, CPU Time: 35.56, Memory: 9544.16 MB, # Trias: 29311460

Checking for intersections
Fixing Intersections
done, CPU Time: 225.99, Memory: 9686.33 MB, # Trias: 29310720


Final surface wrap statistics:
29310720 final surface triangles
216083 special edges
0 special vertices
114 baffle faces inflated automatically
0 intersecting edges remain
0 pierced faces remain
100% of input vertices on CAD(1480549/1480549)
100% of input faces on CAD(2960942/2960942)
99.8884% of output vertices on CAD(14638772/14655128)
99.8189% of output faces on CAD(29257631/29310720)

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Surface Wrapper Completed: CPU Time: 3422.77, Wall Time: 3426.29, Memory: 8643.90 MB
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Automated Mesh Operation: Surface Wrapper complete. CPU Time: 3428.45, Wall Time: 3432.82, Memory: 8610.00 MB
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Executing Automated Mesh Operation: Automated Mesh
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Checking mesh-CAD association...
done. Found 121 problems, all fixed.
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Preparing surface for surface meshing in Parts:
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finished preparing surface for surface meshing CPU Time: 28.85, Wall Time: 28.92, Memory: 11064.10 MB
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Projecting to CAD geometry
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Executing Surface Remesher
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Face Quality Faces Percent
< 0.001 21 0.0
< 0.01 464 0.0
< 0.05 1764 0.0
< 0.1 2863 0.0
< 0.2 306635 1.0
< 0.3 644209 2.2
< 0.4 1051100 3.6
< 0.5 1662626 5.7
< 0.6 2693155 9.2
< 0.7 4800317 16.4
< 0.8 8865084 30.2
< 0.9 26319407 89.8
< 1.0 29310714 100.0
Worst quality is 8.262e-06
initial number of faces: 29310714

starting: Apply Global Limits
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Face Quality Faces Percent
< 0.001 172 0.0
< 0.01 529 0.0
< 0.05 1435 0.0
< 0.1 2245 0.0
< 0.2 28805 0.1
< 0.3 73070 0.3
< 0.4 146684 0.7
< 0.5 272150 1.2
< 0.6 502080 2.3
< 0.7 1195178 5.4
< 0.8 3914575 17.6
< 0.9 19105801 86.0
< 1.0 22208572 100.0
Worst quality is 0

starting: Improve Grading
current number of faces: 22200000
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Face Quality Faces Percent
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< 0.01 1140 0.0
< 0.05 2086 0.0
< 0.1 3310 0.1
< 0.2 7927 0.2
< 0.3 14634 0.3
< 0.4 24830 0.5
< 0.5 47539 1.0
< 0.6 111392 2.4
< 0.7 268694 5.7
< 0.8 855480 18.2
< 0.9 3050971 65.0
< 1.0 4694456 100.0
Worst quality is 0

starting: Improve Quality
current number of faces: 4700000
current number of faces: 4800000
current number of faces: 4900000

Post-processing
found 684 intersections, involving 587 edges, 334 faces, in 39 groups
split 60 edges
moved 98 vertices
now have 681 intersections, involving 618 edges, 347 faces, in 34 groups
removed 3 intersections
collapsed 6 edges
584 faces with quality below 0.05
fixing poor quality and remaining intersections
177 pierced faces remaining
139 pierced faces remaining
137 pierced faces remaining
4 faces with quality below 0.05
Warning: 247 intersecting edges remaining
Warning: 137 intersected faces remaining

Face Quality Faces Percent
< 0.001 1 0.0
< 0.01 1 0.0
< 0.05 4 0.0
< 0.1 174 0.0
< 0.2 1077 0.0
< 0.3 2151 0.0
< 0.4 4466 0.1
< 0.5 6741 0.1
< 0.6 11711 0.2
< 0.7 35947 0.7
< 0.8 311663 6.4
< 0.9 1673011 34.6
< 1.0 4839098 100.0
Worst quality is 0.0001336
final number of faces: 4839098
Aligned mesh created for 312 surfaces out of a total of 9945 surfaces.
2689 thin surfaces fully removed out of 4097 candidate thin surfaces (out of a total of 9945 surfaces).
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Surface Remesher Completed: CPU Time: 3053.02, Wall Time: 3056.30, Memory: 18957.27 MB
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Following Parts are Self Intersecting
Surface Wrapper
Command: GenerateVolumeMesh
error: Server Error
Following Parts are Self Intersecting
Surface Wrapper
Command: GenerateVolumeMesh
command: CommandComplete
error: Server Error

Design STAR-CCM+ simulation completed
Server process exited with code : 0
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Old   July 20, 2018, 12:01
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Started by running the Surface Mesh and having a look at it. I don't know why, but I'm having problem at Contact Patch of the tyres (which I created to avoid problems when CFD!), here are some screen shots! What can/should I do at this area to avoid this distortion of the mesh?

https://imgur.com/uiGJyQW

https://imgur.com/xuRrsyc

https://imgur.com/vBt1eWs

All the rest of the car and mesh, appear to be solid and good quality!
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this is not the way tires are normally done since they compress on the road so it is best to have flat consuming some of the tire and also maybe a chamfer between the round of the tire and the road
cant see your road either but the surface wrapper surface is certainly not good so you can inspect it in the surface repair tool and work out how to improve the geometry or add some more local refinement or fine tune the wrapper settings
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Hi! Before all, let me thank you for your answer and help!

I did my contact patch based on that! I consumed 2mm of the tyre (Note that the tyres have camber, so thats why the contact patch is not in the centre), after consuming 2mm of the tires, i draw a rectangle around that area and extruded to the tyre to increase the smallest size of the geometry.

THe thing is that when I used Surface Wrapper before, it was ok doing the mesh, so I never really used refinement of Surface Wrapper or any advanced repair tools! Is there any tutorial that can give me around?

On Surface Wrapper I assigned a refinement on that area of contact patch (Target: 1mm, Minimum: 0.5mm), and now I'm trying to run Contact Prevention and Wrapper Defeature between the Tyre itself (not contact patch) and the floor!

Is there other Wrapper settings or tweaks I can use to improve the mesh on this zone?

Thank you
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Also, I'm not using Automatic Surface Repair, do you think this could help solve the problem? I'll try to put another computer to run and use this tool!
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For those who face the same problem. I solved it by using contact prevention and refine a little bit more the area around the contact patch!

Also, on another computer, using the Automatic Surface Repair included in the Automated Mesh seemed to helped and fix the surface at that zone!
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glad to hear
surface wrapping is a powerful tool with many settings but does take time to both learn to use well and even then you need to sometimes do quite a few wraps to get the detail required or fix problems
read the help as it explains all the options and also has at least two good tutorials in the mesh section that new users should do
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It looks like you wrapped with 29M faces and the used the remember to coarsen it down to 4M faces. The remesh surface is the one with the intersections. The wrapper reports none.

It can be common to use the remesher to coarsen a wrapped surface but this might be extreme.

If you are happy with the wrapped surface: Check the remember settings for the parts which have intersecting faces (find those in manual repair) and use some customs controls to refine those areas.

Maybe, however you don’t need to wrap so finely?
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It looks like you wrapped with 29M faces and the used the remember to coarsen it down to 4M faces. The remesh surface is the one with the intersections. The wrapper reports none.

It can be common to use the remesher to coarsen a wrapped surface but this might be extreme.

If you are happy with the wrapped surface: Check the remember settings for the parts which have intersecting faces (find those in manual repair) and use some customs controls to refine those areas.

Maybe, however you don’t need to wrap so finely?
Now that you say that it's strange, because the cell configurations of both Surface Wrapper and Automatic Mesh (Surface Remesher) were the same! How can they be so different number of face?
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They’re not the same. What is most likely happening is that you’re viewing the root description of the surface wrapper part instead of the remember description.

In the scene displayer property sheet, down at the bottom there is a field for which description to display.
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