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Give me a good mesh

Field, David

5th International Meshing Roundtable, Sandia National Laboratories, pp.3, October 1996


After much thought the title of my talk should be "Give me a good mesh". The following abstract should clarify the title.

This presentation addresses often asked questions that surround the mesh generation process. Answers to questions like the one in the title can involve numerical quantities that measure the shape of elements, descriptions of processes used to improve initial meshes and constraints on the density of elements. This talk aims to provide substantive material to politely but authoritatively respond to more provocative questions like "Is this mesh any good?"

About the Keynote Speaker:
David Field earned an A.B., an M.S. and a Ph.D in mathematics from Bowdoin College, Oakland University and the University of Colorado, respectively. After teaching at the College of the Holy Cross, he joined the General Motors Research Laboratories where he holds the position of Staff Research Scientist. His research interests include numerical analysis, approximation theory, finite element analysis, and mathematics from computer aided design. In addition to cofounding and currently serving as president of the Great Lakes Section of SIAM he coedited for SIAM two volumes on geometrical and theoretical aspects of industrial design. He is a national visiting lecturer for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and for the Mathematical Association of America.

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