2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 23, 2013 10:09 AM by Jared Conway

    Initial Mesh Levels

    Brando Dimapasoc

      In Flow Sim, there is the initial mesh settings box:

       

      https://forum.solidworks.com/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/2-272838-31916/Initial+Mesh+Screen+Shot.JPG

       

      What exactly is the difference between levels 1 through 8? Is there a reference somewhere that describes the properties of each level (e.g. I've read around the forums that auto-refinement is done at levels 6 and higher)? The documentation I have (from the Student Edition) only supplies validation examples and describes the algorithm by which meshes are generated, but does not describe each mesh level individually.

       

      Thank you.

        • Re: Initial Mesh Levels
          Roland Schwarz

          In general, I find it best to start coarse o that the analysis runs quickly and I can verify the rest of the setup (loads, constraints, contacts, etc.).  Then I will refine.

           

          Auto refinement is great.  Start coarse and let the program decide where refinement is required.  You can also choose to allow the mesher to increase mesh size where fine mesh is not needed.

           

          Remember the ultimate goal is accurate results.

          • Re: Initial Mesh Levels
            Jared Conway

            First thing you need to recognize is that when you're in the wizard, you're defining the initial mesh and the calculation control options. This is important because if you set the mesh to level 6 and above in the wizard, you're also enabling solution adaptive meshing. If you change it after the wizard, you're only changing the mesh level and have to change the calculation control options separately.

             

            As for what the levels mean, this is model dependent. The slider controls lots of factors and if you want to see what is changed for the model you are using, un check automatic settings and take a look. Move the slider up a notch and then take a look. You should see what is changing.

             

            In general though, I wouldn't concern yourself about it too much. Use the recommendations in the documentation you found about where to start with and what each of the controls do and get your problem running. And then use the refinement tools to improve the mesh in the areas of interest until you have a solution that has converged and that the results match your expectations.