alexa Matrix Norms and the Condition Number: A General Framework to Improve Mesh Quality via Node-Movement


Journal of Physical Mathematics

Author(s): Patrick M Knupp

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Objective functions for unstructured hexahedral and tetrahedral mesh optimization are analyzed using matrices and matrix norms. Mesh untangling objective functions that create valid meshes are used to initialize the optimization process. Several new objective functions to achieve element invertibility and quality are investigated, the most promising being the "condition number". The condition number of the Jacobian matrix of an element forms the basis of a barrier-based objective function that measures the distance to the set of singular matrices and has the ideal matrix as a stationary point. The method was implemented in the Cubit code, with promising results.

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This article was published in 8th International Meshing Roundtable and referenced in Journal of Physical Mathematics

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