Pyramid elements for maintaining tetrahedra to hexahedra conformability

Steven J. Owen, Scott A. Canann, Sunil Saigal

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A method is proposed whereby an existing non-conforming, mixed hexahedra-tetrahedra element mesh, is altered to conform by the insertion and formation of five-node or thirteen-node pyramids. Local tetrahedral transformations are performed to provide the topology enabling the merging of two adjacent tetrahedra into one pyramid. Local smoothing and cleanup operations improve the quality of the transition region. Other methods for the creation of transition pyramid elements are also discussed. Results show superior performance of the resulting elements in a commercial finite element code over non-conforming interface conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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