Title

Convergence Acceleration for Heat Transfer and Structural Simulations Using Adaptive Mesh Refinement

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

11-5-2006

Publication Title

2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition

Publisher

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Volume

3

First page number:

521

Last page number:

529

Abstract

A finite element program with h-type mesh adaptation is developed and several test cases for heat transfer, fluid mechanics and structural mechanics are selected for code validations. The element division method is used because of its advantage of avoiding overly twisted elements during mesh refinement and recovery. The adaptive mesh is refined only in the localization region where the feature gradient is high. The overall mesh refinement and the h-adaptive mesh refinement are justified with respect to the computational accuracy and the CPU time cost. Both can improve the computational accuracy. The overall mesh refinement causes the CPU time to greatly increase. However, the CPU time does not increase very much with the increase of the level of h-adaptive mesh refinement. The CPU time cost can be saved using the developed program by orders of magnitude, especially for the system with a large number of elements and nodes.

Keywords

Computer simulations; Engineering simulation; Finite element method – Computer programs; Fluid mechanics; Heat – Transmission; Heat transfer; Mathematical models; Structural analysis (Engineering)

Disciplines

Computer-Aided Engineering and Design | Heat Transfer, Combustion | Mechanical Engineering | Numerical Analysis and Computation | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Language

English

Permissions

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Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2006-15132; ISBN: 0-7918-4786-1; eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4

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