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Adaptive Mesh Generation and Visualization

Structural Technology

Computational Solid Mechanics and Fluid-Structure Interaction

  1. Jean-Francois Remacle1,
  2. C. Geuzaine2,
  3. Gaëtan Compère1,
  4. B. T. Helenbrook3

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686652.eae165

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

How to Cite

Remacle, J.-F., Geuzaine, C., Compère, G. and Helenbrook, B. T. 2010. Adaptive Mesh Generation and Visualization. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

  2. 2

    Université de Liège, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Liège, Belgium

  3. 3

    Clarkson University, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Potsdam, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


This chapter discusses some of the main components of mesh adaptation and solution visualization. Theoretical results on the specification of optimal meshes are reviewed and then demonstrated for several 2D and 3D example problems. Some of the more challenging aspects of mesh adaptation are discussed including mesh adaptation for problems with a time evolving solution, for problems where the geometry is specified by an external geometrical model (a CAD model), mesh adaptation for high-order finite element methods, and anisotropic mesh adaptation. The discussion of solution visualization shows how many of the same techniques used for mesh adaptation can be used for fast and accurate visualizations of high-order finite element data.


  • mesh generation;
  • mesh adaptation;
  • finite elements;
  • scientific computing;
  • error estimation;
  • high order methods;
  • curvilinear meshes