On automatic mesh construction and mesh refinement in finite element analysis

Chae Soo-Won, Klaus Jürgen Bathe

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A valuable approach for the automatic generation of effective finite element meshes is presented. The approach comprises, firstly, an initial mesh construction and, secondly, an h-version of adaptive refinement based on an error analysis. For the initial mesh construction, a robust triangulation scheme for 2D analysis and tetrahedronization scheme for 3D analysis are used, in which the elements are generated from the outside boundaries. For the adaptive refinement process, an error indicator is used with a relaxation factor to obtain efficient solutions. The initial mesh construction schemes have been implemented for 2D and 3D analyses whereas the self-adaptive mesh improvement procedure has only been implemented for 2D analysis. Example solutions are given to demonstrate the solution procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-936
Number of pages26
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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