Hexahedral Mesh Generation for the Simulation of the Human Mandible
Kober, Cornelia and Matthias Muller-Hannemann
Proceedings, 9th International Meshing Roundtable, Sandia National Laboratories, pp.423-434, October 2000
9th International Meshing Roundtable
October 2-5, 2000, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
We provide a case study for the applicability of our hexahedral mesh generation approach to the simulation of physiological stress scenarios of the human mandible. Due to its complex and very detailed free-form geometry, the mandible model is very demanding. This test case is used as a running example to report on the progress and recent advances of the cycle elimination scheme. The given input data, a surface triangulation, requires a substantial mesh reduction and a suitable conversion into a quadrilateral surface mesh as a first step, for which we use mesh clustering and b-matching techniques.
Several strategies for improved cycle elimination orders are proposed. They lead to a significant reduction in the mesh size and a better structural quality.
Based on the resulting combinatorial meshes, gradient-based optimized smoothing with the condition number of the Jacobian matrix as objective together with mesh un-tangling techniques yielded embeddings of a satisfactory quality.
We tested our hexahedral meshes for the mandible model in an FEM simulation under the scenario of a bite on a "hard nut". Our simulation results are in good agreement with observations from biornechanical experiments.
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