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11.3.3 Volume Mesh Update Procedure

The volume mesh is updated automatically based on the methods described in Section  11.3.2. FLUENT decides which method to use for a particular zone based on which model is enabled and the shape of the cells in the zone. For example, if the boundaries of a tetrahedral cell zone are moving, the spring-based smoothing and local remeshing methods will be used to update the volume mesh in this zone. If the zone consists of prismatic (hexahedral and/or wedge) cells, then the dynamic layer method will be used to determine where and when to insert and remove cell layers. On extruded prism zones, the 2.5D surface meshing method will be used.

Depending on which model is enabled, FLUENT automatically determines which method to use by visiting the adjacent cell zones and setting appropriate flags for the volume mesh update methods to be used. If you specify the motion for a cell zone, FLUENT will visit all of the neighboring cell zones and set the flags appropriately. If you specify the motion of a boundary zone, FLUENT will analyze only the adjacent cell zones. If a cell zone does not have any moving boundaries, then no volume mesh update method will be applied to the zone.

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Note that as a result of the remeshing procedures, updated meshes may be slightly different when dynamic meshes are used in parallel FLUENT, and therefore very small differences may arise in the solutions.

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Note that if your dynamic mesh model consists of numerous shell conduction zones, the mesh update may very time consuming because all shells are deleted and recreated during the mesh update.


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