Parallel Automated Adaptive Procedures for Unstructured Meshes

Abstract

Consideration is given to the techniques required to support adaptive analysis of automatically generated unstructured meshes on distributed memory MIMD parallel computers. The key areas of new development are focused on the support of effective parallel computations when the structure of the numerical discretization, the mesh, is evolving, and in fact constructed, during the computation. All the procedures presented operate in parallel on already distributed mesh information. Starting from a mesh definition in terms of a topological hierarchy, techniques to support the distribution, redistribution and communication among the mesh entities over the processors is given, and algorithms to dynamically balance processor workload based on the migration of mesh entities are given. A procedure to automatically generate meshes in parallel, starting from CAD geometric models, is given. Parallel procedures to enrich the mesh through local mesh modifications are also given. Finally, the combination of these techniques to produce a parallel automated finite element analysis procedure for rotorcraft aerodynamics calculations is discussed and demonstrated.

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@inproceedings{Shephard1995ParallelAA, title={Parallel Automated Adaptive Procedures for Unstructured Meshes}, author={Mark S. Shephard and Joseph E. Flaherty and H. L. de Cougny and Can Ozturan and C. L. Bottasso}, year={1995} }