Eliminating slivers in three-dimensional finite element models

R. H. Moore, S. Saigal

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An efficient method for treating slivers and other poorly shaped elements in finite element solutions is presented. A major difficulty for finite element analyses arises from the creation of slivers in automated mesh generation. Sliver shaped elements can degrade the accuracy of a solution and are difficult to remove from a mesh. The proposed method treats slivers by first merging them with neighboring elements to form polyhedra and next subdividing the polyhedra into well-shaped tetrahedral elements. The method does not require the cumbersome and expensive operations of addition or rearrangement of nodes. The validity and accuracy of the present method are demonstrated through the evaluation of a performance metric for a set of example problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalLaser Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Delaunay tessellations
  • Element quality
  • Finite elements
  • Slivers


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