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Automated Mesh Deformation for Computer-Aided Design Models That Exhibit Boundary Topology Changes

Sun, Liang, Yao, Weigang, Robinson, Trevor T., Armstrong, Cecil G. and Marques, Simão P. (2020) Automated Mesh Deformation for Computer-Aided Design Models That Exhibit Boundary Topology Changes AIAA Journal, 58 (9). pp. 4128-4141.

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Abstract

This paper describes an automated approach to deform an analysis mesh applied to a computer-aided design (CAD) model in response to a change in the shape of the CAD model. The process has been used to overcome a key issue that occurs during the shape optimization process. It is an advance over existing techniques because it works even when the boundary topology of the CAD model changes during the shape change, which other approaches cannot generally accommodate. To achieve the deformation, an analysis topology representation is created for each model, such that there is a one-to-one mapping between the analysis topology representing the models before and after the shape change. Strategies are presented to parameterize the superset entities in the analysis topology that have no global mathematical definition. The surface mesh is deformed in a way that allows the underlying surface/edge parameterizations to change, and it is shown how the domain mesh can be updated based on the surface mesh deformation. If the models before and after shape change have the same genus, then a small dimensional change in the shape of the model will result in meshes with the same topology, even if the topology of the underlying CAD representation has changed. This is highly desirable when evaluating sensitivities to a design change during an optimization.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sun, Liang
Yao, Weigang
Robinson, Trevor T.
Armstrong, Cecil G.
Marques, Simão P.s.marques@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 July 2020
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.2514/1.J058760
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2020 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved. All requests for copying and permission to reprint should be submitted to CCC at www.copyright.com; employ the eISSN 1533-385X to initiate your request. See also AIAA Rights and Permissions www.aiaa.org/randp.
Additional Information : Supporting data can be found at 10.17034/5e2783ad-eada-4eec-b28a-b9ace3c201e9.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 10 Sep 2020 10:50
Last Modified : 10 Sep 2020 10:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858557

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