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Pointwise's Unstructured and Hybrid Meshing
Advanced Hybrid Meshing with T-Rex
Pointwise's T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion) is a technique for extruding regular layers of high-quality (right angle included) tetrahedra from boundaries. The tets can be combined into prisms via an optional postprocessing step to reduce cell count. The algorithm adjusts to convex and concave regions and colliding extrusion fronts.
Baffles, thin surfaces defined on a grid's interior, can be used to model thin surfaces and control mesh clustering away from boundaries. Optionally, you can extrude T-Rex layers off a baffle to resolve internal features such as wakes.
Classic Hybrid Meshing via Extrusion
Prism layers can also be generated via traditional extrusion methods that start with an unstructured surface mesh of triangles and follow normal, linear, rotational, or user-defined paths. Tunable controls let you adjust step size, mesh quality, and smoothing of the extruded layers.
Mixed Hex-Tet Meshes
Hexahedral and tetrahedral meshes can be interfaced in several ways to form a hybrid grid. Structured hexahedral and unstructured tetrahedral blocks can be indirectly interfaced by a point to point conformal interface with hanging edges. Direct hex-tet interfaces are created through automatically generated pyramid cells.
Extruded prism blocks interface with tetrahedral blocks either directly (on the triangle faces) or through automatically generated pyramids (on the quadrilateral faces).
Tet Meshing by Modified Delaunay
Unstructured grids consisting of triangles and tetrahedra are generated by a modified Delaunay method. Like structured grids, unstructured surface grids can span multiple entities in the geometry model and adhere to the CAD model automatically. The unstructured solver may be re-applied at any time, giving you control over minimum and maximum cell size, maximum cell-to-cell turning angle, maximum surface deviation, and boundary decay.
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