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Workshop 3.2 Meshing Control

. •  Problem statement: ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12.Workshop 3.Goals •  Use the various ANSYS Mechanical mesh controls to enhance the mesh for the model below.2 . Next we will add mesh controls to modify the mesh in various regions of the model. –  Our goal is to mesh the model using all defaults and inspect the result.0 –  The model consists of a Parasolid file representing a solenoid.

the actual number of elements generated during the workshop may vary from machine to machine. due to a certain randomness in the nature of meshing.0 •  Note. Instead we will assume a linear static structural analysis is to follow the meshing operation.2 . This is normal.Assumptions •  Since this is a meshing exercise we will not be applying loads or solving the model.Workshop 3. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12. .

•  From the “Units” menu verify: –  Project units are set to “US Customary (lbm. lbf.Workshop 3. V).0 –  “Display Values in Project Units” is checked (on). F. in. . ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12. A. s.2 – Project Schematic •  Open the Project page.

3.2 – Project Schematic 1. 2. double click “Static Structural” to create a new analysis system. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12. Browse to “Solenoid_Body.x_t”.Workshop 3. 2.0 1.  RMB on the “Geometry” cell and “Import Geometry”. .  Double click the “Model” cell to start the Mechanical application. 3.  In the Toolbox.

2 .  Highlight the mesh branch. . When mesh generation completes we can view the mesh and inspect the statistics in the details for the mesh branch. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12.Workshop 3. “RMB > Generate Mesh”.0 4. 4771 elements. This will establish a “base line” from which we can compare changes. 4.Basic Meshing •  Start by meshing the model using all defaults.

  In the mesh branch details expand the “sizing” section and set the “Relevance Center” to “Medium. 6. Details also show an increase in mesh size. Again visually the refinement is obvious..0 5. . 5.  RMB the mesh branch and Generate Mesh. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12.2 – Mesh Size Control •  Based on our inspection we may decide a more refined mesh is necessary for our analysis. 10. Workshop 3.447 elements. 6. . .

By zooming to the area in question we can see several small “sliver ” surfaces are forcing a fine mesh locally.0 We’ll attempt to clean this up using virtual topology. .. Workshop 3.2 – Mesh Shape Control •  •  •  A closer look at the mesh seems to show some anomalies where certain faces meet. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12. . .

2 – Virtual Topology 7.Workshop 3. Sliver Side In order to preserve the basic topology we will join pairs of surfaces into virtual cells rather than trying to combine all surfaces together.  Insert the virtual topology branch (highlight the Model branch): a. .0 a.  RMB > Insert > Virtual Topology. we will combine these into virtual cells. The result will be 3 cells per side. •  Since it appears that the sliver area is closer to being tangent to the sides. 6 in total. ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12.

Although underlying surfaces still exist. b. c.  Select one of the sliver surfaces.  Hold the CTRL key and select ANSYS Mechanicalsurface Introduction (as 12. c. this is the surface the mesher will use. a.0 shown the adjacent at right). •  The resulting virtual cell is displayed in red. b. .  RMB > Insert > Virtual Cell.2 – Virtual Topology 8.Workshop 3.  Create Virtual Cells: a.

  Remesh the model (highlight the mesh branch): a. . .0 cells. When complete you will have a total of 6 virtual ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12.  RMB > Generate Mesh.. . 7997 elements. 9. Workshop 3.2 – Virtual Topology •  Continue by creating the remaining 5 virtual cells (select in pairs as before). a. The resulting mesh shows a much more uniform mesh with a significant reduction in element count.

ANSYS Mechanical Introduction 12. . c. a. b. .  RMB > Insert > Mapped c.  RMB > Generate Mesh. Workshop 3. As shown map meshing results is elements on the selected faces which share very regular shapes. If time permits experiment with other mesh controls. .  Map mesh several faces (highlight Mesh branch): a.2 – Mapped Face Meshing 10.  Select the 3 planar faces shown here.0Face Meshing. b..