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PostBL: Post-Mesh Boundary Layer Mesh Generation Tool

TitlePostBL: Post-Mesh Boundary Layer Mesh Generation Tool
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJain, R, Tautges, TJ
Conference Name22nd International Meshing Roundtable
Conference LocationOrlando, FL
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P4092-0713
AbstractA boundary layer mesh is a mesh with dense element distribution in the normal direction along specific boundaries. PostBL is a utility to generate boundary layers elements on an already existing mesh model. PostBL supports creation of hexahedral, prism, quad and tri boundary layer elements. It is a part of MeshKit, which is an open-source library for mesh generation functionalities. Generally, boundary layer mesh generation is a pre-meshing process; in this effort, we start from a model that has already been meshed. Boundary layers elements can be generated along the entire skin, selected exterior or internal surface boundaries. MeshKit uses graph-based approach for representing meshing operations; PostBL is one such meshing operation. It can be coupled to other meshing operations like Jaal, NetGen, TetGen, CAMAL and custom meshing tools like RGG. Simple ex- amples demonstrating generation of boundary layers on different mesh types and OECD Vattenfall T-Junction benchmark hexahedral-mesh are presented.