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Quadrilateral/hexahedral finite element mesh coarsening

United States Patent

October 16, 2012
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A technique for coarsening a finite element mesh ("FEM") is described. This technique includes identifying a coarsening region within the FEM to be coarsened. Perimeter chords running along perimeter boundaries of the coarsening region are identified. The perimeter chords are redirected to create an adaptive chord separating the coarsening region from a remainder of the FEM. The adaptive chord runs through mesh elements residing along the perimeter boundaries of the coarsening region. The adaptive chord is then extracted to coarsen the FEM.
Staten; Matthew L. (Pittsburgh, PA), Dewey; Mark W. (Provo, UT), Scott; Michael A. (Pflugerville, TX), Benzley; Steven E. (Provo, UT)
Sandin Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
11/ 873,864
October 17, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.