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Mesh Generation on High-Curvature Surfaces Based on a Background Quadtree Structure

Miranda, Antonio C. O., Luiz F. Martha

Proceedings, 11th International Meshing Roundtable, Springer-Verlag, pp.333-342, September 15-18 2002


11th International Meshing Roundtable
Ithaca, New York, USA.
September 15-18 2002

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil,

This paper extends a previously proposed algorithm for generating unstructured meshes in three-dimensional and in two-dimensional domains to generate surface meshes. A surface mesh is generated in parametric space and mapped to Cartesian space. Finite elements may be stretched on parametric space, but they present a good-quality shape on the 3D surface. The algorithm uses a metric map defined by Tristano et al. to obtain correct distances and stretches. A background quadtree structure is used to store local surface metrics and to develop local guidelines for node location in an advancing-front meshing strategy.

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