Surface Mesh Partitioning SIMULIA 3DExperience


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Here is another video about SIMULIA 3DExperience R19x! 2 weeks ago I published a tutorial for SOLID meshing in SIMULIA Application ( So this time it will be about SURFACE meshing.

It is a bit different because the partitioning will be performed on Generative Shape Design with the feature split.

You will copy the original design in the abstraction shape and apply a material to the 3DPart.

Then you will finish by applying the mesh to the surface by using the constraint lines previously created from the split.

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  1. Step 1: Video

  2. Step 2: Create a Surface Pipe

    * better to follow the video *

    Create a new 3DPart, call it "Surface Mesh Part"

    Sketch a profile (2 lines connected with a tangent semi-circle)

    Use the feature Sweep with the option "Center & Radius"

    Select the center curve and a radius of 25mm

    * the pipe is created *

  3. Step 3: Apply the material

    Go to tools tab in the action bar

    Apply a material

    * the material library appears *

    Use the tag "Core Material"

    * a Covering material will not have the simulation properties *

    Select Aluminium for instance

    Apply the material to the part

  4. Step 4: Create an Abstraction Shape

    Right click on the 3DPart and insert an Abstraction Shape

    * the abstraction shape is similar to a 3DShape. It allows you to copy the original part and do partitioning, remove fillet, chamfer, holes, etc. without transforming the original part *

    Double click on the 3DShape

    Right click on the sketch in the geometrical set

    Select "Copy"

    Right click on the Abstraction Shape

    Select Paste Special / As result with link

    Do the same with the sweep.

    * in that way, the original part is copied, and if modification are made, it will impact the copy *

  5. Step 5: Partitioning

    Switch to Generative Shape Design application

    Use an Extrude on top of the sketch

    -> Make sure that the surface is longer than the pipe

    Go to properties, color the Extrude surface (in order to differentiate it from the pipe)


    Use the feature split between the Pipe and the Extrude

    * the Part is now partitioned in 2 domains *

    Use the feature split between the Pipe and the vertical Plane (in that case YZ-plane)

    * the Part is now partitioned in 4 domains *


    Join all the domains together

  6. Step 6: Mesh the part

    Insert a Finite Element Model in the 3DPart

    Call it Mesh Surface Part

    Double click on the Mesh

    * the software automatically switch to Structural Model Creation application *

    A panel appears, select the Abstraction shape for the Mesh

    in Action Bar, go to Mesh mode

    Click on Surface Quad Mesh

    Select the Join as a support

    Click on Quadratic element type

    Initialize the element from geometry (in that case 17mm)

    Click on Mesh

    -> the mesh is too big

    Insert 10mm as a value

    Click on Mesh

    * the pipe is meshed *

  7. Step 7: Refine the Mesh [Part 1]

    In the Surface Quad Mesh panel, you can edit the mesh

    * The app automatically switch to another view mode *

    Hide the part and the mesh in order to just show the boundaries of the mesh

    Switch to Shading with no edges for a better result

    Pick all the boundaries

    * You should have this result (all blue lines should be yellow) *

    Show the part and the Mesh again

    Exit the edition mode

    * The Mesh is updated and it is linked to the boundaries *

  8. Step 8: Refine the Mesh [Part 2]

    Edit the Mesh again

    Select the Mapped Mesh Feature

    * This mode will give a nice orthogonal grid mesh on the surface *

    Insert 5mm value for the size of the mesh

    Continue this manipulation with all other domains

    * You can even lock the domain you have made previously *

    Exit the mesh edition

    * The mesh is updated *

  9. Step 9: Analyze mesh (optional)

    Go to Check tab in the action bar

    Run a quality Analysis

    * You can see the quality and type of mesh element *

  10. Step 10: Apply Properties

    Switch back to Model preparation mode

    Apply a Shell property

    A panel appears, select the Join in Abstraction shape

    -> The Mesh should be automatically selected

    -> The Material should be automatically applied to property

    * The part is meshed and ready for Simulation Analysis *

    • End of tutorial


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