Improving the quality of finite volume meshes through genetic optimisation
Engineering with Computers
Reason for embargo
Mesh quality issues can have a substantial impact on the solution process in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), leading to poor quality solutions, hindering convergence and in some cases, causing the solution to diverge. In many areas of application, there is an interest in automated generation of finite volume meshes, where a meshing algorithm controlled by pre- specified parameters is applied to a pre-existing CAD geometry. In such cases the user is typically confronted with a large number of controllable parameters, and ad- justing these takes time and perserverence. The process can however be regarded as a multi-input and possi- bly multi-objective optimisation process which can be optimised by application of Genetic Algorithm tech- niques. We have developed a GA optimisation code in the language Python, including an implementation of the NGSA-II multi-objective optimisation algorithm, and applied to control the mesh generation process us- ing the snappyHexMesh automated mesher in Open- FOAM. We demonstrate the results on three selected cases, demonstrating significant improvement in mesh quality in all cases.
Author's accepted version. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00366-015-0423-0
First online: 29 October 2015