Insertion of Triangulated Surfaces Into a Meccano Tetrahedral Discretization by Means of Mesh Refinement and Optimization Procedures

Author (s): Ruiz-Gironés, E.; Oliver, A.; Socorro-Marrero, G. V.; Cascón, J. M.; Escobar, J. M.; Montenegro, R. and Sarrate, J.
Journal: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

Volume: 113, Issue 9
Pages: 1488 – 1506
Date: 2018

In this paper, we present a new method for inserting several triangulated surfaces into an existing tetrahedral mesh generated by the meccano method. The result is a conformal mesh where each inserted surface is approximated by a set of faces of the final tetrahedral mesh. First, the tetrahedral mesh is refined around the inserted surfaces to capture their geometric features. Second, each immersed surface is approximated by a set of faces from the tetrahedral mesh. Third, following a novel approach the nodes of the approximated surfaces are mapped to the corresponding immersed surface. Fourth, we untangle and smooth the mesh by optimizing a regularized shape distortion measure for tetrahedral elements in which we move all the nodes of the mesh, restricting the movement of the edge and surface nodes along the corresponding entity they belong to. The refining process allows approximating the immersed surface for any initial meccano tetrahedral mesh. Moreover, the proposed projection method avoids computational expensive geometric projections. Finally, the applied simultaneous untangling and smoothing process delivers a high-quality mesh and ensures that the immersed surfaces are interpolated. Several examples are presented to assess the properties of the proposed method.



@article {NME:NME5706,
author = {Ruiz-Gironés, E.;Oliver, A.; Socorro-Marrero, G.V.; Cascón, J.M.; Escobar, J.M.; Montenegro, R. and Sarrate, J.},
title = {Insertion of triangulated surfaces into a meccano tetrahedral discretization by means of mesh refinement and optimization procedures},
journal = {International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering},
volume = {113},
number = {9},
issn = {1097-0207},
url = {},
doi = {10.1002/nme.5706},
pages = {1488--1506},
keywords = {meccano method, mesh untangling and smoothing, surface insertion, surface parameterization, tetrahedral mesh generation, volume parameterization},
year = {2018},
note = {nme.5706},