Within the context of Computer-Aided Engineering analysis tools the accuracy of results is intimately related to the mesh element size. Caedium is no exception to this rule and in order to control mesh element size Caedium provides an Accuracy tool in the Physics Tool Palette.
Accuracy Tool Basics
The Accuracy tool controls the mesh element size on and close to geometry edges, faces and volumes (entities). There are 3 parameters to consider:
- Growth Rate - the mesh element growth rate away from the geometry entity. Only applies to unstructured tetrahedral and triangle meshes.
- Max Element Size - Maximum element size constraint.
- Resolution - the number of mesh intervals on an entity. If the resolution conflicts with the constraints imposed by a structured mesh, then an unstructured mesh will be selected automatically.
Mesh element size is determined for each entity as follows:
- Edge - the smaller size of:
- edge length / resolution
- max element size
- Face/Volume - the smaller size of:
- maximum edge length / resolution (if there are no edges then the bounding box diagonal is substituted for the maximum edge length)
- max element size
The lower the growth rate the slower the transition to larger elements close to an entity. See the figure below for an example.
The Accuracy tool provides the following options:
The mesh element size on an edge is determined by dividing the edge length by the resolution parameter. For a face and a volume the mesh element size is based on dividing the longest edge length on the entity by the resolution parameter. The Accuracy tool applied to an entity will affect all other connected geometry.
Default Mesh Element Sizing
The default mesh element sizing (without using the Accuracy tool) is usually good enough to produce a valid mesh. You can then use the Accuracy tool to tune the mesh to further resolve areas of interest. If the default mesh sizing is over resolving areas, then use the 'Ignore' option to omit an entity from the mesh element sizing process.
Source and Target
When attaching an Accuracy tool to an entity (source) there is the option to select a target entity. In this case the target will be influenced by the Accuracy property even if the target is unconnected to the source. In the figure below the curved edge is not connected to the face with the mesh, but assigning the edge as a source and the face as a target allows the edge to influence the mesh size on the face.
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