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Detecting Translation Errors in CAD Surfaces and Preparing Geometries for Mesh Generation

Petersson, N. Anders and Kyle K. Chand

Proceedings, 10th International Meshing Roundtable, Sandia National Laboratories, pp.363-371, October 7-10 2001


10th International Meshing Roundtable
Newport Beach, California, U.S.A.
October 7-10, 2001

Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Livermore, CA 94551

We have developed tools for the efficient preparation of CAD geometries for mesh generation. Geometries are read from IGES files and then maintained in a boundary representation consisting of a patchwork of trimmed and untrimmed surfaces. Gross errors in the geometry can be identified and removed automatically while a user interface is provided for manipulating the geometry (such as correcting invalid trimming curves or removing unwanted details). Modifying the geometry by adding or deleting surfaces and/or sectioning it by arbitrary planes (eg. symmetry planes) is also supported. These tools are used for robust and accurate geometry models for initial mesh generation and will be applied to in situ mesh generation requirements of moving and adaptive grid simulations.

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