Tetrahedral grid generation by a segmented advancing front method

Dartzi Pan, Maw Jyi Chao

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A simple and effective method to generate tetrahedral mesh about complex geometry is developed. The method divides the flow domain into segments bounded by cross-sectional planes along a suitable body axis or flow direction. A two-dimensional unstructured grid generator is used to generate triangular grids on the cross-sectional planes. In a fashion similar to the advancing front method, tetrahedral meshes are generated between consecutive cross-sectional planes by connecting the grid points already on the planes. The final tetrahedral mesh is obtained by stacking together segments of tetrahedral meshes. Since only a two-dimensional grid generator is used, the method proposed is simple to implement and effective to use. A complex fuselage-wing-stores configuration is used to demonstrate the capability of the method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalTransactions of the Aeronautical and Astronautical Society of the Republic of China
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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