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Title: LayTracks3D: A new approach for meshing general solids using medial axis transform

This study presents an extension of the all-quad meshing algorithm called LayTracks to generate high quality hex-dominant meshes of general solids. LayTracks3D uses the mapping between the Medial Axis (MA) and the boundary of the 3D domain to decompose complex 3D domains into simpler domains called Tracks. Tracks in 3D have no branches and are symmetric, non-intersecting, orthogonal to the boundary, and the shortest path from the MA to the boundary. These properties of tracks result in desired meshes with near cube shape elements at the boundary, structured mesh along the boundary normal with any irregular nodes restricted to the MA, and sharp boundary feature preservation. The algorithm has been tested on a few industrial CAD models and hex-dominant meshes are shown in the Results section. Work is underway to extend LayTracks3D to generate all-hex meshes.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0010-4485; PII: S0010448515001244
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Computer Aided Design
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 72; Journal Issue: C; Conference: 23. International Meshing Roundtable: Mesh modeling for simulations and visualization, London (United Kingdom), 12-15 Oct 2014; Journal ID: ISSN 0010-4485
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; medial axis transforms; hex mesh generation; hex-dominant meshing; geometry decomposition; assembly meshing
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