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Patran 2010 User's Guide

# Patran 2010 User's Guide

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The purpose of this manual is to introduce the first time user to the Patran program. The User’s Guide covers the basics of the program and helps the novice user in becoming comfortable with Patran through a number of examples.
The purpose of this manual is to introduce the first time user to the Patran program. The User’s Guide covers the basics of the program and helps the novice user in becoming comfortable with Patran through a number of examples.

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The Paver is an automated surface meshing technique that you can use with any arbitrary surface region,
including trimmed surfaces, composite surfaces, and irregular surface regions. Unlike the IsoMesh
approach, the Paver technique creates a mesh by first subdividing the surface boundaries into mesh
points, and then operates on these boundaries to construct interior elements.

Figure5-3

Example of Paver mesh technique

Some of its key features are:

•This approach is valid for surface meshes only.
•It can be used to create Quad or Tria element meshes. Quad meshes can contain some triangles,
due to the nature of the approach.
•Either mesh seeds or the Global Edge Length parameter on its meshing form are used to control
element density.
•The Paver method accommodates associated geometry, such as a curve lying on a surface which
has been associated with that surface using the Associate/Curve/Surface option of the Geometry
application form. If such a curve has mesh seeds assigned to it, the Paver ensures that the mesh
passes through these mesh seed points.
•Adjacent regions can be meshed with either the Paver or IsoMesh approach. The mesh density
along a common edge becomes a default mesh density for that edge of the adjacent region.

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