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26.10.1 Approach

Geometry-based adaption works on the principle of geometry reconstruction. In this approach, the cell count of the mesh is increased by creating the new nodes in the domain in between the existing nodes of the mesh. The newly created nodes are projected in such a way that the resulting mesh is finer and it's shape is closer to the original geometry.

The following sections explain how nodes are projected and the parameters that control the node propagation.

Node Projection

Consider a coarse mesh created for a circular geometry. A section of the mesh close to the circular edge is shown in Figure  26.10.1. The edge is not smooth and has sharp corners, because of which its shape is not closer to that of the original geometry. Using boundary adaption along with the geometry reconstruction option will result in a mesh with smoother edges as shown in Figure  26.10.2.

In Figure  26.10.2, the dotted lines represent the original edge of the mesh. The boundary adaption process creates new nodes in between the original nodes. These nodes are projected towards the edge of the geometry, because of which the resulting mesh has smooth edges and its shape is closer to the original geometry.


Only the nodes created in the adaption process (newly created nodes) are projected and the original nodes retain their positions.

Figure 26.10.1: Mesh Before Adaption

Figure 26.10.2: Projection of Nodes

The following parameters control node projection and are specified in Geometry Based Adaption panel.

Example of Geometry-Based Adaption

Consider a mesh created for a spherical geometry. The initial mesh is very coarse, because of which it has sharp corners (as in Figure  26.10.4). It does not represent the spherical geometry accurately. To recover the original spherical geometry from this coarse mesh use geometry-based adaption.

Figure 26.10.4: Coarse Mesh of a Sphere

If you adapt boundaries of the domain without activating the Reconstruct Geometry option, the resulting mesh (see Figure  26.10.5) has sufficient number of cells, but the boundary of the domain still contains sharp corners.

Boundary adaption only creates new nodes in between the existing nodes to increase the cell count of the mesh. Since it does not project the nodes, the shape of the mesh remains as it is.

If you adapt the boundary with Reconstruct Geometry option. The resulting mesh (Figure  26.10.6) has more number of cells and less sharp corners at boundary. In addition, the newly created nodes are projected in a direction such that it's shape is closer to the original geometry (i.e., sphere with smooth boundary).

Figure 26.10.5: Adapted Mesh Without Geometry Reconstruction

Figure 26.10.6: Mesh after Geometry-Based Adaption

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