Anisotropic mesh adaptation for evolving triangulated surfaces

Xiangmin Jiao, Andrew Colombi, Xinlai Ni, John Hart

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Dynamic surfaces arise in many applications, such as free surfaces in multiphase flows and moving interfaces in fluid-solid interaction. In many engineering applications, an explicit surface triangulation is often used to represent dynamic surfaces, posing significant challenges in adapting their meshes, especially if large curvatures and sharp features may dynamically emerge or vanish as the surfaces evolve. In this paper, we present an anisotropic mesh adaptation technique to meet these challenges. Our technique strives for optimal aspect ratios of the triangulation to reduce positional errors and to capture geometric features of dynamic surfaces based on a novel extension of the quadrics. Our adaptation algorithm combines the operations of vertex redistribution, edge flipping, edge contraction, and edge splitting. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our anisotropic adaptation technique for static and dynamic surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalEngineering with Computers
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Anisotropic meshing
  • Dynamic surfaces
  • Feature preservation
  • Mesh adaptation
  • Metric tensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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