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Removing Small Features with Real CAD Operations

Clark, Brett W.

Proceedings, 16th International Meshing Roundtable, Springer-Verlag, pp.183-198, October 14-17 2007


16th International Meshing Roundtable
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
October 14-17, 2007

Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800 MS 0376
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Preparing Computer Aided Design models for successful mesh generation continues to be a crucial part of the design to analysis process. A common problem in CAD models is features that are very small compared to the desired mesh size. Small features exist for a variety of reasons and can require an excessive amount of elements or inhibit mesh generation all together. Many of the tools for removing small features modify only the topology of the model (often in a secondary topological representation of the model) leaving the underlying geometry as is. The availability of tools that actually modify the topology and underlying geometry in the boundary representation (B-rep) model is much more limited regardless of the inherent advantages of this approach. This paper presents a process for removing small featrues from a B-rep model using almost solely functionality provided by the underlying solid modeling kernel. The process cuts out the old topology and reconstructs new topology and geometry to close the volume. The process is quite general and can be applied to complex configurations of unwanted topology.

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