7. mesh —¶

This module defines the Mesh class, which can be used to describe discrete geometrical models like those used in Finite Element models. It also contains some useful functions to create such models.

7.1. Classes defined in module mesh¶

class mesh.Mesh(coords=None, elems=None, prop=None, eltype=None)[source]

A Mesh is a discrete geometrical model defined by nodes and elements.

The Mesh class is one of the two basic geometrical models in pyFormex, the other one being the Formex. Both classes have a lot in common: they represent a collection of geometrical entities of the same type (e.g., lines, or triangles, …). The geometrical entities are also called ‘elements’, and the number of elements in the Mesh is nelems(). The plexitude (the number of points in an element) of a Mesh is found from nplex(). Each point has ndim=3 coordinates. While in a Formex all these points are stored in an array with shape (nelems, nplex, 3), the Mesh stores the information in two arrays: the coordinates of all the points are gathered in a single twodimensional array with shape (ncoords,3). The individual geometrical elements are then described by indices into that array: we call that the connectivity, with shape (nelems, nplex).

This model has some advantages over the Formex data model:

• a more compact storage, because coordinates of coinciding points require only be stored once (and we usually call the points node s);
• the single storage of coinciding points represents the notion of connections between elements (a Formex to the contrary is always a loose collection of elements);
• connectivity related algorithms are generally faster;
• the connectivity info also allows easy identification of geometric subentities (entities of a lower level, like the border lines of a surface).

The downside is that geometry generating and replicating algorithms are often far more complex and possibly slower.

In pyFormex we therefore mostly use the Formex data model when creating, copying and replicating geometry, but when we come to the point of needing connectivity related algorithms or exporting the geometry to file (and to other programs), a Mesh data model usually becomes more appropriate. A Formex can be converted into a Mesh with the :meth:`Formex.toMesh method, while the Mesh.toFormex() method performs the inverse conversion.

Parameters: coords (Coords or other object.) – Usually, a 2-dim Coords object holding the coordinates of all the nodes used in the Mesh geometry. See details below for different initialization methods. elems (Connectivity (nelems,nplex)) – A Connectivity object, defining the elements of the geometry by indices into the coords Coords array. All values in elems should be in the range 0 <= value < ncoords. prop (int array_like, optional) – 1-dim int array with non-negative element property numbers. If provided, setProp() will be called to assign the specified properties. eltype (str or ElementType, optional) – The element type of the geometric entities (elements). This is only needed if the element type has not yet been set in the elems Connectivity. See below.

A Mesh object can be initialized in many different ways, depending on the values passed for the coords and elems arguments.

• Coords, Connectivity: This is the most obvious case: coords is a 2-dim Coords object holding the coordinates of all the nodes in the Mesh, and elems is a Connectivity object describing the geometric elements by indices into the coords.
• Coords, : If A Coords is passed as first argument, but no elems, the result is a Mesh of points, with plexitude 1. The Connectivity will be constructed automatically.
• object with toMesh, : As a convenience, if another object is provided that has a toMesh method and elems is not provided, the result of the toMesh method will be used to initialize both coords and elems.
• None: If neither coords nor elems are specified, but eltype is, a unit sized single element Mesh of the specified ElementType is created.
• Specifying no parameters at all creates an empty Mesh, without any data.

Setting the element type can also be done in different ways. If elems is a Connectivity, it will normally already have a element type. If not, it can be done by passing it in the eltype parameter. In case you pass a simple array or list in the elems parameter, an element type is required. Finally, the user can specify an eltype to override the one in the Connectivity. It should however match the plexitude of the connectivity data.

eltype should be one of the ElementType instances or the name of such an instance. If required but not provided, the pyFormex default is used, which is based on the plexitude: 1 = point, 2 = line segment, 3 = triangle, 4 or more is a polygon.

A properly initialized Mesh has the following attributes:

coords

A 2-dim Coords object holding the coordinates of all the nodes used to describe the Mesh geometry.

Type: Coords (ncoords,3)
elems

A Connectivity object, defining the elements of the geometry by indices into the coords Coords array. All values in elems should be in the range 0 <= value < ncoords.

The Connectivity also stores the element type of the Mesh.

Type: Connectivity (nelems,nplex)
prop

Element property numbers. See geometry.Geometry.prop.

Type: int array, optional
attrib

An Attributes object. See geometry.Geometry.attrib.

Type: Attributes
fields

The Fields defined on the Mesh. See geometry.Geometry.fields.

Type: OrderedDict

Note

The coords` attribute of a Mesh can hold points that are not used or needed to describe the Geometry. They do not influence the result of Mesh operations, but only use up some memory. If their number becomes large, you may want to free up that memory by calling the compact() method. Also, before exporting a Mesh (e.g. to a numerical simulation program), you may want to compact the Mesh first.

Examples

Create a Mesh with four points and two triangle elements of type ‘tri3’.

>>> coords = Coords('0123')
>>> elems = [[0,1,2], [0,2,3]]
>>> M = Mesh(coords,elems,eltype='tri3')
>>> print(M.report())
Mesh: nnodes: 4, nelems: 2, nplex: 3, level: 2, eltype: tri3
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 1.  1.  0.]
Size: [ 1.  1.  0.]
Area: 1.0
Coords: [[ 0.  0.  0.]
[ 1.  0.  0.]
[ 1.  1.  0.]
[ 0.  1.  0.]]
Elems: [[0 1 2]
[0 2 3]]
>>> M.nelems(), M.ncoords(), M.nplex(), M.level(), M.elName()
(2, 4, 3, 2, 'tri3')

And here is a line Mesh converted from of a Formex:

>>> M1 = Formex('l:11').toMesh()
>>> print(M1.report())
Mesh: nnodes: 3, nelems: 2, nplex: 2, level: 1, eltype: line2
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 2.  0.  0.]
Size: [ 2.  0.  0.]
Length: 2.0
Coords: [[ 0.  0.  0.]
[ 1.  0.  0.]
[ 2.  0.  0.]]
Elems: [[0 1]
[1 2]]

Indexing returns the full coordinate set of the element(s):

>>> M1
Coords([[ 0.,  0.,  0.],
[ 1.,  0.,  0.]])

The Mesh class inherits from Geometry and therefore has all the coordinate transform methods defined there readily available:

>>> M2 = M1.rotate(90)
>>> print(M2.coords)
[[ 0.  0.  0.]
[ 0.  1.  0.]
[ 0.  2.  0.]]
eltype

Return the element type of the Mesh.

Returns: elements.ElementType – The eltype attribute of the elems attribute.

Examples

>>> M = Mesh(eltype='tri3')
>>> M.eltype
Tri3
>>> M.eltype = 'line3'
>>> M.eltype
Line3
>>> print(M)
Mesh: nnodes: 3, nelems: 1, nplex: 3, level: 1, eltype: line3
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 1.  1.  0.]
Size: [ 1.  1.  0.]
Length: 1.0

One cannot set an element type with nonmatching plexitude:

>>> M.eltype = 'quad4'
>>> M.eltype
'plex3'
setEltype(eltype=None)[source]

Set the eltype from a character string.

Parameters: eltype (str or ElementType, optional) – The element type to be set in the elems Connectivity. It is either one of the ElementType instances defined in elements.py, or the name of such an instance. The plexitude of the ElementType should match the plexitude of the Mesh. Mesh – The Mesh itself with possibly changed eltype.

Examples

>>> Mesh(eltype='tri3').setEltype('line3').eltype
Line3
elType()[source]

Return the element type of the Mesh.

Returns: ElementType – The ElementType of the Mesh.

elName()
returns the name of the ElementType.

Examples

>>> Formex('4:0123').toMesh().elType()
elName()[source]

Return the element name of the Mesh.

Returns: str – The name of the ElementType of the Mesh.

elType()
returns the ElementType instance

Examples

>>> Formex('4:0123').toMesh().elName()
setNormals(normals=None)[source]

Set/Remove the normals of the mesh.

Parameters: normals (float array_like) – A float array of shape (ncoords,3) or (nelems,nplex,3). If provided, this will set these normals for use in rendering, overriding the automatically computed ones. If None, this will clear any previously set user normals.
__getitem__(i)[source]

Return element i of the Mesh.

This allows addressing element i of Mesh M as M[i].

Parameters: i (index) – The index of the element(s) to return. This can be a single element number, a slice, or an array with a list of numbers. Coords – A Coords with a shape (nplex, 3), or if multiple elements are requested, a shape (nelements, nplex, 3), holding the coordinates of all points of the requested elements.

Notes

This is normally used in an expression as M[i], which will return the element i. Then M[i][j] will return the coordinates of node j of element i.

ndim()[source]

Returns the dimensionality of the global coordinate space. Currently, this always returns 3.

level()[source]

Return the level of the elements in the Mesh.

Returns: int – The dimensionality of the elements: 0 (point), 1(line), 2 (surface), 3 (volume).
nelems()[source]

Return the number of elements in the Mesh. This is the first dimension of the elems array.

nplex()[source]

Return the plexitude of the elements in the Mesh. This is the second dimension of the elems array.

ncoords()[source]

Return the number of nodes in the Mesh. This is the first dimension of the coords array.

nnodes()

Return the number of nodes in the Mesh. This is the first dimension of the coords array.

npoints()

Return the number of nodes in the Mesh. This is the first dimension of the coords array.

shape()[source]

Return the shape of the elems array.

nedges()[source]

Return the number of edges.

Returns: int – The number of rows that would be returned by getEdges(), without actually constructing the edges.

Notes

This is the total number of edges for all elements. Edges shared by multiple elements are counted multiple times.

info()[source]

Return short info about the Mesh.

Returns: str – A string with info about the shape of the coords and elems attributes.
report(full=True)[source]

Create a report on the Mesh shape and size.

The report always contains the number of nodes, number of elements, plexitude, dimensionality, element type, bbox and size. If full==True(default), it also contains the nodal coordinate list and element connectivity table. Because the latter can be rather bulky, they can be switched off.

Note

NumPy normally limits the printed output. You will have to change numpy settings to actually print the full arrays.

shallowCopy(prop=None)[source]

Return a shallow copy.

Parameters: prop (int array_like, optional) – 1-dim int array with non-negative element property numbers. Mesh – A shallow copy of the Mesh, using the same data arrays for coords and elems. If prop was provided, the new Mesh can have other property numbers. This is a convenient method to use the same Mesh with different property attributes.
toFormex()[source]

Convert a Mesh to a Formex.

Returns: Formex – A Formex equivalent with the calling Mesh. The Formex inherits the element property numbers and eltype from the Mesh. Drawing attributes and Fields are not transfered though.

Examples

>>> M = Mesh([[0,0,0],[1,0,0]],[[0,1],[1,0]],eltype='line2')
>>> M.toFormex()
Formex([[[ 0.,  0.,  0.],
[ 1.,  0.,  0.]],
<BLANKLINE>
[[ 1.,  0.,  0.],
[ 0.,  0.,  0.]]])
toMesh()[source]

Convert to a Mesh.

Returns: Mesh – The Mesh itself. This is provided as a convenience for use in functions that need to work on different Geometry types.
toSurface()[source]

Convert a Mesh to a TriSurface.

Only Meshes of level 2 (surface) and 3 (volume) can be converted to a TriSurface. For a level 3 Mesh, the border Mesh is taken first. A level 2 Mesh is converted to element type ‘tri3’ and then to a TriSurface.

Returns: TriSurface – A TriSurface corresponding with the input Mesh. If that has eltype ‘tri3’, the resulting TriSurface is fully equivalent. Otherwise, a triangular approximation is returned. ValueError – If the Mesh can not be converted to a TriSurface.
toCurve(connect=False)[source]

Convert a Mesh to a Curve.

If the element type is one of ‘line*’ types, the Mesh is converted to a Curve. The type of the returned Curve is dependent on the element type of the Mesh:

• ‘line2’: PolyLine,
• ‘line3’: BezierSpline (degree 2),
• ‘line4’: BezierSpline (degree 3)

If connect is False, this is equivalent to

self.toFormex().toCurve()

Any other type will raise an exception.

centroids()[source]

Return the centroids of all elements of the Mesh.

The centroid of an element is the point with coordinates equal to the average of those of all nodes of the element.

Returns: Coords – A Coords object with shape (nelems(), 3), holding the centroids of all the elements in the Mesh.

Examples

>>> rectangle(L=3,W=2,nl=3,nw=2).centroids()
Coords([[ 0.5,  0.5,  0. ],
[ 1.5,  0.5,  0. ],
[ 2.5,  0.5,  0. ],
[ 0.5,  1.5,  0. ],
[ 1.5,  1.5,  0. ],
[ 2.5,  1.5,  0. ]])
bboxes()[source]

Returns the bboxes of all elements in the Mesh.

Returns: float array (nelems,2,3). – An array with the minimal and maximal values of the coordinates of the nodes of each element, stored along the 1-axis.
getLowerEntities(level=-1, unique=False)[source]

Get the entities of a lower dimensionality.

Parameters: level (int) – The level of the entities to return. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. Thus, for a Mesh with a 3D element type, getLowerEntities(-1) returns the faces, while for a 2D element type, it returns the edges. For both meshes however, getLowerEntities(+1) returns the edges. unique (bool, optional) – If True, return only the unique entities. Connectivity – A Connectivity defining the lower entities of the specified level in terms of the nodes of the Mesh. By default, all entities for all elements are returned and entities shared by multiple elements will appear multiple times. With unique=True only the unique ones are returned. The return value may be an empty table, if the element type does not have the requested entities (e.g. ‘quad4’ Mesh does not have entities of level 3). If the targeted entity level is outside the range 0..3, the return value is None.

level()
return the dimensionality of the Mesh
connectivity.Connectivity.insertLevel()
returns two tables: elems vs. lower entities, lower enitites vs. nodes.

Examples

Mesh with one ‘quad4’ element and 4 nodes.

>>> M = Mesh(eltype='quad4')

The element defined in function of the nodes.

>>> print(M.elems)
[[0 1 2 3]]

The edges of the element defined in function of the nodes.

>>> print(M.getLowerEntities(-1))
[[0 1]
[1 2]
[2 3]
[3 0]]

And finally, the nodes themselves: not very useful, but works.

>>> print(M.getLowerEntities(-2))
[


]
getElems()[source]

Get the elems table.

Returns: Elems – The element connectivity table (the elems attribute).

Notes

This is deprecated. Use the elems attribute instead.

getNodes()[source]

Return the set of unique node numbers in the Mesh.

Returns: int array – The sorted node numbers that are actually used in the connectivity table. For a compacted Mesh, it is equal to arange(self.nelems).
getPoints()[source]

Return the nodal coordinates of the Mesh.

Returns: Coords – The coordinates of the nodes that are actually used in the connectivity table. For a compacted Mesh, it is equal to the coords attribute.
getEdges()[source]

Return the unique edges of all the elements in the Mesh.

Returns: Elems – A connectivity table defining the unique element edges in function of the nodes. This is like self.getLowerEntities(1,unique=True), but the result is stored internally in the Mesh object so that it does not need recomputation on a next call.
getFaces()[source]

Return the unique faces of all the elements in the Mesh.

Returns: Elems – A connectivity table defining all the element faces in function of the nodes. This is like self.getLowerEntities(2,unique=True), but the result is stored internally in the Mesh object so that it does not need recomputation on a next call.
getCells()[source]

Return the cells of the elements.

This is a convenient function to create a table with the element cells. It is equivalent to self.getLowerEntities(3,unique=True), but this also stores the result internally so that future requests can return it without the need for computing it again.

edgeMesh()[source]

Return a Mesh with the unique edges of the elements.

This can only be used with a Mesh of level >= 1.

faceMesh()[source]

Return a Mesh with the unique faces of the elements.

This can only be used with a Mesh of level >= 2.

getElemEdges()[source]

Defines the elements in function of its edges.

Returns: Elems – A connectivity table with the elements defined in function of the edges.

Notes

As a side effect, this also stores the definition of the edges and the returned element to edge connectivity in the attributes edges, resp. elem_edges.

getFreeEntities(level=-1, return_indices=False)[source]

Return the free entities of the specified level.

Parameters: level (int) – The level of the entities to return. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. return_indices (bool) – If True, also returns an index array (nentities,2) for inverse lookup of the higher entity (column 0) and its local lower entity number (column 1). Elems – A connectivity table with the free entities of the specified level of the Mesh. Free entities are entities that are only connected to a single element.

getFreeEntitiesMesh()
return the free entities as a Mesh
getBorder()
return the free entities of the first lower level

Examples

>>> M = Formex('3:.12.34').toMesh()
>>> print(M.report())
Mesh: nnodes: 4, nelems: 2, nplex: 3, level: 2, eltype: tri3
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 1.  1.  0.]
Size: [ 1.  1.  0.]
Area: 1.0
Coords: [[ 0.  0.  0.]
[ 1.  0.  0.]
[ 0.  1.  0.]
[ 1.  1.  0.]]
Elems: [[0 1 3]
[3 2 0]]
>>> M.getFreeEntities(1)
Elems([[0, 1],
[1, 3],
[3, 2],
[2, 0]], eltype=Line2)
>>> M.getFreeEntities(1,True)
array([[0, 0],
[0, 1],
[1, 0],
[1, 1]])
getFreeEntitiesMesh(level=-1, compact=True)[source]

Return a Mesh with lower entities.

Parameters: level (int) – The level of the entities to return. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. compact (bool) – If True (default), the returned Mesh will be compacted. If False, the returned Mesh will contain all the nodes present in the input Mesh. Mesh – A Mesh containing the lower entities of the specified level. If the Mesh has property numbers, the lower entities inherit the property of the element to which they belong.

getFreeEdgesMesh()
return a Mesh with the free entities of the level 1
getBorderMesh()
return the free entities Mesh of the first lower level
getFreeEdgesMesh(compact=True)[source]

Return a Mesh with the free edges.

Parameters: compact (bool) – If True (default), the returned Mesh will be compacted. If False, the returned Mesh will contain all the nodes present in the input Mesh. Mesh – A Mesh containing the free edges of the input Mesh. If the input Mesh has property numbers, the edge elements inherit the property of the element to which they belong.

getFreeEntitiesMesh()
return the free entities Mesh of any lower level
getBorderMesh()
return the free entities Mesh of level -1
getBorder(return_indices=False)[source]

Return the border of the Mesh.

Border entities are the free entities of the first lower level.

Parameters: return_indices (bool) – If True, also returns an index array (nentities,2) for inverse lookup of the higher entity (column 0) and its local lower entity number (column 1). Elems – A connectivity table with the border entities of the specified level of the Mesh. Free entities are entities that are only connected to a single element.

getFreeEntities()
return the free entities of any lower level
getBorderMesh()
return the border as a Mesh

Notes

This is a convenient shorthand for

self.getFreeEntities(level=-1,return_indices=return_indices)
getBorderMesh(compact=True)[source]

Return a Mesh representing the border.

Parameters: compact (bool) – If True (default), the returned Mesh will be compacted. If False, the returned Mesh will contain all the nodes present in the input Mesh. Mesh – A Mesh containing the border of the input Mesh. The level of the Mesh is one less than that of the input Mesh. If the input Mesh has property numbers, the border elements inherit the property of the element to which they belong.

Notes

This is a convenient shorthand for

self.getFreeEntitiesMesh(level=-1,compact=compact)
borderMesh(compact=True)

Return a Mesh representing the border.

Parameters: compact (bool) – If True (default), the returned Mesh will be compacted. If False, the returned Mesh will contain all the nodes present in the input Mesh. Mesh – A Mesh containing the border of the input Mesh. The level of the Mesh is one less than that of the input Mesh. If the input Mesh has property numbers, the border elements inherit the property of the element to which they belong.

Notes

This is a convenient shorthand for

self.getFreeEntitiesMesh(level=-1,compact=compact)
getBorderElems()[source]

Find the elements that are touching the border of the Mesh.

Returns: int array – A list of the numbers of the elements that fully contain at least one of the elements of the border Mesh. Thus, in a volume Mesh, elements only touching the border by a vertex or an edge are not considered border elements.
getBorderNodes()[source]

Find the nodes that are on the border of the Mesh.

Returns: int array – A list of the numbers of the nodes that are on the border of the Mesh.
peel(nodal=False)[source]

Remove the border elements from a Mesh.

Parameters: nodal (bool) – If True, all elements connected to a border node are removed. The default will only remove the elements returned by getBorderElems(). Mesh – A Mesh with the border elements removed.
connectedTo(entities, level=0)[source]

Find the elements connected to specific lower entities.

Parameters: entities (int or int array_like.) – The indices of the lower entities to which connection should exist. level (int) – The level of the entities to which connection should exist. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. Default is 0 (nodes). int array – A list of the numbers of the elements that contain at least one of the specified lower entities.

Find the elements adjacent to the specified elements.

Adjacent elements are elements that share some lower entity.

Parameters: elements (int or int array_like) – Element numbers to find the adjacent elements for. level (int) – The level of the entities used to define adjacency. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. Default is 0 (nodes). int array – A list of the numbers of all the elements in the Mesh that are adjacent to any of the specified elements.
reachableFrom(elements, level=0)[source]

Select the elements reachable from the specified elements.

Elements are reachable if one can travel from one of the origin elements to the target, by only following the specified level of connections.

Parameters: elements (int or int array_like) – Element number(s) from where to start the walk. level (int) – The level of the entities used to define connections. If negative, it is a value relative to the level of the caller. If non-negative, it specifies the absolute level. Default is 0 (nodes). int array – A list of the numbers of all the elements in the Mesh reachable from any of the specified elements by walking over entities of the specified level. The list will include the original set of elements.

Create an element adjacency table.

Two elements are said to be adjacent if they share a lower entity of the specified level.

Parameters: level (int) – Hierarchic level of the geometric items connecting two elements: 0 = node, 1 = edge, 2 = face. Only values of a lower hierarchy than the level of the Mesh itself make sense. Default is to consider nodes as the connection between elements. diflevel (int, optional) – If >= level, and smaller than the level of the Mesh itself, elements that have a connection of this level are removed. Thus, in a Mesh with volume elements, self.adjacency(0,1) gives the adjacency of elements by a node but not by an edge. adj (Adjacency) – An Adjaceny table specifying for each element its neighbours connected by the specified geometrical subitems.
frontWalk(level=0, startat=0, frontinc=1, partinc=1, maxval=-1)[source]

Visit all elements using a frontal walk.

In a frontal walk a forward step is executed simultanuously from all the elements in the current front. The elements thus reached become the new front. An element can be reached from the current element if both are connected by a lower entity of the specified level. Default level is ‘point’.

Parameters: level (int) – Hierarchy of the geometric items connecting two elements: 0 = node, 1 = edge, 2 = face. Only values of a lower hierarchy than the elements of the Mesh itself make sense. There are no connections on the upper level. startat (int or list of ints) – Initial element number(s) in the front. frontinc (int) – Increment for the front number on each frontal step. partinc (int) – Increment for the front number when the front gets empty and a new part is started. maxval (int) – Maximum frontal value. If negative (default) the walk will continue until all elements have been reached. If non-negative, walking will stop as soon as the frontal value reaches this maximum. int array – An array of ints specifying for each element in which step the element was reached by the walker.

Examples

>>> M = Mesh(eltype='quad4').subdivide(5,2)
>>> print(M.frontWalk())
[0 1 2 3 4 1 1 2 3 4]

Perform a front walk over masked edge connections.

This is like frontWalk(level=1), but allows to specify a mask to select the edges that are used as connectors between elements.

Parameters:

• mask: Either None or a boolean array or index flagging the nodes which are to be considered connectors between elements. If None, all nodes are considered connections.

The remainder of the parameters are like in adjacency.Adjacency.frontWalk().

partitionByConnection(level=0, startat=0, sort='number', nparts=-1)[source]

Detect the connected parts of a Mesh.

The Mesh is partitioned in parts in which all elements are connected. Two elements are connected if it is possible to draw a continuous line from a point in one element to a point in the other element without leaving the Mesh.

Parameters:

• sort: str. Weighted sorting method. It can assume values ‘number’ (default), ‘length’, ‘area’, ‘volume’.
• nparts: is the equivalent of parameter maxval in frontWalk(). Maximum frontal value. If negative (default) the walk will continue until all elements have been reached. If non-negative, walking will stop as soon as the frontal value reaches this maximum.

The remainder of the parameters are like in frontWalk().

The partitioning is returned as a integer array having a value for each element corresponding to the part number it belongs to.

By default the parts are sorted in decreasing order of the number of elements. If you specify nparts, you may wish to switch off the sorting by specifying sort=’‘.

splitByConnection(level=0, startat=0, sort='number')[source]

Split the Mesh into connected parts.

The parameters level and startat are like in frontWalk(). The parameter sort is like in partitionByConnection().

Returns a list of Meshes that each form a connected part. By default the parts are sorted in decreasing order of the number of elements.

largestByConnection(level=0)[source]

Return the largest connected part of the Mesh.

This is equivalent with, but more efficient than

self.splitByConnection(level)
growSelection(sel, mode='node', nsteps=1)[source]

Grow a selection of a surface.

p is a single element number or a list of numbers. The return value is a list of element numbers obtained by growing the front nsteps times. The mode argument specifies how a single frontal step is done:

• ‘node’ : include all elements that have a node in common,
• ‘edge’ : include all elements that have an edge in common.
partitionByAngle(**kargs)[source]

Partition a level-2 Mesh by the angle between adjacent elements.

The Mesh is partitioned in parts bounded by the sharp edges in the surface. The arguments and return value are the same as in trisurface.TriSurface.partitionByAngle().

For eltypes other than ‘tri3’, a conversion to ‘tri3’ is done before computing the partitions.

nodeConnections()[source]

Find and store the elems connected to nodes.

nNodeConnected()[source]

Find the number of elems connected to nodes.

edgeConnections()[source]

Find and store the elems connected to edges.

nEdgeConnected()[source]

Find the number of elems connected to edges.

Find the elems adjacent to each elem via one or more nodes.

Find the number of elems which are adjacent by node to each elem.

Find the elems adjacent to elems via an edge.

Find the number of adjacent elems.

nonManifoldNodes()[source]

Return the non-manifold nodes of a Mesh.

Non-manifold nodes are nodes where subparts of a mesh of level >= 2 are connected by a node but not by an edge.

Returns an integer array with a sorted list of non-manifold node numbers. Possibly empty (always if the dimensionality of the Mesh is lower than 2).

nonManifoldEdges()[source]

Return the non-manifold edges of a Mesh.

Non-manifold edges are edges where subparts of a mesh of level 3 are connected by an edge but not by an face.

Returns an integer array with a sorted list of non-manifold edge numbers. Possibly empty (always if the dimensionality of the Mesh is lower than 3).

As a side effect, this constructs the list of edges in the object. The definition of the nonManifold edges in terms of the nodes can thus be got from

self.edges[self.nonManifoldEdges()]
nonManifoldEdgeNodes()[source]

Return the non-manifold edge nodes of a Mesh.

Non-manifold edges are edges where subparts of a mesh of level 3 are connected by an edge but not by an face.

Returns an integer array with a sorted list of numbers of nodes on the non-manifold edges. Possibly empty (always if the dimensionality of the Mesh is lower than 3).

fuse(parts=None, nodes=None, **kargs)[source]

Fuse the nodes of a Meshes.

Nodes that are within the tolerance limits of each other are merged into a single node.

Parameters:

• parts: int array_like with length equal to number of elements. If specified, it will be used to split the Mesh into parts (see splitProp()) and do the fuse operation per part. Elements for which the value of nparts is negative will not be involved in the fuse operations.
• nodes: int :term:: a list of node numbers. If specified, only these nodes will be involved in the fuse operation. This option can not be used together with the parts option.
• Extra arguments for tuning the fuse operation are passed to the coords.Coords:fuse() method.
matchCoords(coords, **kargs)[source]

Match nodes of coords with nodes of self.

coords can be a Coords or a Mesh object This is a convenience function equivalent to

self.coords.match(mesh.coords,**kargs)

or

self.coords.match(coords,**kargs)

matchCentroids(mesh, **kargs)[source]

Match elems of Mesh with elems of self.

self and Mesh are same eltype meshes and are both without duplicates.

Elems are matched by their centroids.

compact(return_index=False)[source]

Remove unconnected nodes and renumber the mesh.

Returns a mesh where all nodes that are not used in any element have been removed, and the nodes are renumbered to a compacter scheme.

If return_index is True, also returns an index specifying the index of the new nodes in the old node scheme.

Examples

>>> x = Coords([[i] for i in arange(5)])
>>> M = Mesh(x,[[0,2],[1,4],[4,2]])
>>> M,ind = M.compact(True)
>>> print(M.coords)
[[ 0. 0. 0.]
[ 1. 0. 0.]
[ 2. 0. 0.]
[ 4. 0. 0.]]
>>> print(M.elems)
[[0 2]
[1 3]
[3 2]]
>>> M = Mesh(x,[[0,2],[1,3],[3,2]])
>>> M = M.compact()
>>> print(M.coords)
[[ 0. 0. 0.]
[ 1. 0. 0.]
[ 2. 0. 0.]
[ 3. 0. 0.]]
>>> print(M.elems)
[[0 2]
[1 3]
[3 2]]
>>> print(ind)
[0 1 2 4]
>>> M = M.cselect([0,1,2])
>>> M.coords.shape, M.elems.shape
((4, 3), (0, 2))
>>> M = M.compact()
>>> M.coords.shape, M.elems.shape
((0, 3), (0, 2))
avgNodes(nodsel, wts=None)[source]

Create average nodes from the existing nodes of a mesh.

nodsel is a local node selector as in selectNodes() Returns the (weighted) average coordinates of the points in the selector as (nelems*nnod,3) array of coordinates, where nnod is the length of the node selector. wts is a 1-D array of weights to be attributed to the points. Its length should be equal to that of nodsel.

meanNodes(nodsel)[source]

Create nodes from the existing nodes of a mesh.

nodsel is a local node selector as in selectNodes() Returns the mean coordinates of the points in the selector as (nelems*nnod,3) array of coordinates, where nnod is the length of the node selector.

Add new nodes to elements.

newcoords is an (nelems,nnod,3) or`(nelems*nnod,3)` array of coordinates. Each element gets exactly nnod extra nodes from this array. The result is a Mesh with plexitude self.nplex() + nnod.

Add new nodes to elements by averaging existing ones.

nodsel is a local node selector as in selectNodes() Returns a Mesh where the mean coordinates of the points in the selector are added to each element, thus increasing the plexitude by the length of the items in the selector. The new element type should be set to correct value.

selectNodes(nodsel, eltype=None)[source]

Return a mesh with subsets of the original nodes.

nodsel is an object that can be converted to a 1-dim or 2-dim array. Examples are a tuple of local node numbers, or a list of such tuples all having the same length. Each row of nodsel holds a list of local node numbers that should be retained in the new connectivity table.

hits(entities, level)[source]

Count the lower entities from a list connected to the elements.

entities: a single number or a list/array of entities level: 0 or 1 or 2 if entities are nodes or edges or faces, respectively.

The numbering of the entities corresponds to self.insertLevel(level). Returns an (nelems,) shaped int array with the number of the entities from the list that are contained in each of the elements. This method can be used in selector expressions like:

self.select(self.hits(entities,level) > 0)
splitRandom(n, compact=True)[source]

Split a Mesh in n parts, distributing the elements randomly.

Returns a list of n Mesh objects, constituting together the same Mesh as the original. The elements are randomly distributed over the subMeshes.

By default, the Meshes are compacted. Compaction may be switched off for efficiency reasons.

reverse(sel=None)[source]

Return a Mesh where the elements have been reversed.

Reversing an element has the following meaning:

• for 1D elements: reverse the traversal direction,
• for 2D elements: reverse the direction of the positive normal,
• for 3D elements: reverse inside and outside directions of the element’s border surface. This also changes the sign of the elementt’s volume.

The reflect() method by default calls this method to undo the element reversal caused by the reflection operation.

Parameters:

-sel: a selector (index or True/False array)

reflect(dir=0, pos=0.0, reverse=True, **kargs)[source]

Reflect the coordinates in one of the coordinate directions.

Parameters:

• dir: int: direction of the reflection (default 0)
• pos: float: offset of the mirror plane from origin (default 0.0)
• reverse: boolean: if True, the reverse() method is called after the reflection to undo the element reversal caused by the reflection of its coordinates. This will in most cases have the desired effect. If not however, the user can set this to False to skip the element reversal.
convert(totype, fuse=False, verbose=False)[source]

Convert a Mesh to another element type.

Converting a Mesh from one element type to another can only be done if both element types are of the same dimensionality. Thus, 3D elements can only be converted to 3D elements.

The conversion is done by splitting the elements in smaller parts and/or by adding new nodes to the elements.

Not all conversions between elements of the same dimensionality are possible. The possible conversion strategies are implemented in a table. New strategies may be added however.

The return value is a Mesh of the requested element type, representing the same geometry (possibly approximatively) as the original mesh.

If the requested conversion is not implemented, an error is raised.

Warning

Conversion strategies that add new nodes may produce double nodes at the common border of elements. The fuse() method can be used to merge such coincident nodes. Specifying fuse=True will also enforce the fusing. This option become the default in future.

convertRandom(choices)[source]

Convert choosing randomly between choices

Returns a Mesh obtained by converting the current Mesh by a randomly selected method from the available conversion type for the current element type.

subdivide(*ndiv, **kargs)[source]

Subdivide the elements of a Mesh.

Note

This only works for some element types: ‘line2’, ‘tri3’, ‘quad4’, ‘hex8’.

Parameters:

• ndiv: specifies the number (and place) of divisions (seeds) along the edges of the elements. Accepted type and value depend on the element type of the Mesh. Currently implemented:
• ‘tri3’: ndiv is a single int value specifying the number of divisions (of equal size) for each edge.
• ‘quad4’: ndiv is a sequence of two int values nx,ny, specifying the number of divisions along the first, resp. second parametric direction of the element
• ‘hex8’: ndiv is a sequence of three int values nx,ny,nz specifying the number of divisions along the first, resp. second and the third parametric direction of the element
• fuse: bool, if True (default), the resulting Mesh is completely fused. If False, the Mesh is only fused over each individual element of the original Mesh.

Returns a Mesh where each element is replaced by a number of smaller elements of the same type.

Note

This is currently only implemented for Meshes of type ‘tri3’ and ‘quad4’ and ‘hex8’ and for the derived class ‘TriSurface’.

splitDegenerate(reduce=True, return_indices=False)[source]

Split a Mesh in non-degenerate and degenerate elements.

Splits a Mesh in non-degenerate elements and degenerate elements, and tries to reduce degenerate elements to lower plexitude elements.

Parameters: reduce (bool or ElementType name) – If True, the degenerate elements will be tested against known degeneration patterns, and the matching elements will be transformed to non-degenerate elements of a lower plexitude. If a string, it is an element name and only transforms to this element type will be considered. If False, no reduction of the degenerate elements will be attempted. return_indices (bool, optional) – If True, also returns the element indices in the original Mesh for all of the elements in the derived Meshes. ML (list of Mesh objects) – The list of Meshes resulting from the split operation. The first holds the non-degenerate elements of the original Mesh. The last holds the remaining degenerate elements. The intermediate Meshes, if any, hold elements of a lower plexitude than the original.

Warning

The Meshes that hold reduced elements may still contain degenerate elements for the new element type

Examples

>>> M = Mesh(np.zeros((4,3)),
...     [[0,0,0,0],
...      [0,0,0,1],
...      [0,0,1,2],
...      [0,1,2,3],
...      [1,2,3,3],
...      [2,3,3,3],
>>> M.elems.listDegenerate()
array([0, 1, 2, 4, 5])
>>> for Mi in M.splitDegenerate(): print(Mi)
Mesh: nnodes: 4, nelems: 1, nplex: 4, level: 2, eltype: quad4
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 0.  0.  0.]
Size: [ 0.  0.  0.]
Area: 0.0
Mesh: nnodes: 4, nelems: 5, nplex: 3, level: 2, eltype: tri3
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 0.  0.  0.]
Size: [ 0.  0.  0.]
Area: 0.0
>>> conn,ind = M.splitDegenerate(return_indices=True)
>>> print(ind,ind)
 [0 1 2 5 4]
>>> print(conn.elems)
[[0 0 0]
[0 0 1]
[0 1 2]
[2 3 3]
[1 2 3]]
removeDegenerate()[source]

Remove the degenerate elements from a Mesh.

Returns: Mesh – A Mesh with all degenerate elements removed.
removeDuplicate(permutations='all')[source]

Remove the duplicate elements from a Mesh.

Duplicate elements are elements that consist of the same nodes.

Parameters: permutations (str) – Defines which permutations of the nodes are allowed while still considering the elements duplicates. Possible values are: 'none' (-) – must have the same value at every position in order to be considered duplicates; 'roll' (-) – each other by rolling are considered equal; 'all' (-) – a duplicate element. This is the default. Mesh – A Mesh with all duplicate elements removed.
renumber(order='elems')[source]

Renumber the nodes of a Mesh in the specified order.

Parameters: order (int array_like or str) – If an array, it is an index with length equal to the number of nodes. It should be a permutation of arange(self.nnodes()). The index specifies the node number that should come at this position. Thus, the order values are the old node numbers on the new node number positions. order can also be a predefined string that will generate the node index automatically: ’elems’: the nodes are number in order of their appearance in the Mesh connectivity. ’random’: the nodes are numbered randomly. ’front’: the nodes are numbered in order of their frontwalk. Mesh – A Mesh equivalent with the input, but with the nodes numbered differently.
reorder(order='nodes')[source]

Reorder the elements of a Mesh.

Parameters: order (array_like or str) – If an array, it is a permutation of the numbers in arange(self.nelems()), specifying the requested order of the elements. order can also be one of the following predefined strings: ’nodes’: order the elements in increasing node number order. ’random’: number the elements in a random order. ’reverse’: number the elements in reverse order. Mesh – A Mesh equivalent with self but with the elements ordered as specified.

Return the elements reachable from startat.

Finds the elements which can be reached from startat by walking along a mask (a subset of elements). Walking is possible over nodes, edges or faces, as specified in level.

Parameters: startat (int or array_like, int.) – The starting element number(s). level (int) – Specifies how elements can be reached: via node (0), edge (1) or face (2). mask (array_like, bool or int.) – Flags the elements that are considered walkable. It is an int array with the walkable element numbers, or a bool array flagging the these elements with a value True.
connect(coordslist, div=1, degree=1, loop=False, eltype=None)[source]

Connect a sequence of topologically congruent Meshes into a hypermesh.

Parameters:

• coordslist: either a list of Coords objects, or a list of Mesh objects or a single Mesh object.

If Mesh objects are given, they should (all) have the same element type as self. Their connectivity tables will not be used though. They will only serve to construct a list of Coords objects by taking the coords attribute of each of the Meshes. If only a single Mesh was specified, self.coords will be added as the first Coords object in the list.

All Coords objects in the coordslist (either specified or constructed from the Mesh objects), should have the exact same shape as self.coords. The number of Coords items in the list should be a multiple of degree, plus 1.

Each of the Coords in the final coordslist is combined with the connectivity table, element type and property numbers of self to produce a list of toplogically congruent meshes. The return value is the hypermesh obtained by connecting each consecutive slice of (degree+1) of these meshes. The hypermesh has a dimensionality that is one higher than the original Mesh (i.e. points become lines, lines become surfaces, surfaces become volumes). The resulting elements will be of the given degree in the direction of the connection.

Notice that unless a single Mesh was specified as coordslist, the coords of self are not used. In many cases however self or self.coords will be one of the items in the specified coordslist.

• degree: degree of the connection. Currently only degree 1 and 2 are supported.

• If degree is 1, every Coords from the coordslist is connected with hyperelements of a linear degree in the connection direction.

• If degree is 2, quadratic hyperelements are created from one Coords item and the next two in the list. Note that all Coords items should contain the same number of nodes, even for higher order elements where the intermediate planes contain less nodes.

Currently, degree=2 is not allowed when coordslist is specified as a single Mesh.

• loop: if True, the connections with loop around the list and connect back to the first. This is accomplished by adding the first Coords item back at the end of the list.

• div: This should only be used for degree==1.

With this parameter the generated connections can be further subdivided along the connection direction. div is either a single input for smartSeed(), or a list thereof. In the latter case, the length of the list should be one less than the length of the coordslist. Each pair of consecutive items from the coordinate list will be connected using the seeds generated by the corresponding value from div, passed to smartSeed(). Notice that if seed values are specified directly as a list of floats, the list should start with a value 0.0 and end with 1.0.

• eltype: the element type of the constructed hypermesh. Normally, this is set automatically from the base element type and the connection degree. If a different element type is specified, a final conversion to the requested element type is attempted.

extrude(div, dir=0, length=1.0, degree=1, eltype=None)[source]

Extrude a Mesh along a straight line.

The Mesh is extruded over a given length in the given direction.

Parameters: div (smartseed) – Specifies how the extruded direction will be subdivided in elements. It can be anything that is acceptable as input for smartSeed(). dir (int (0,1,2) or float array_like (3,)) – The direction of the extrusion: either a global axis number or a direction vector. length (float) – The length of the extrusion, measured along the direction dir. Mesh – A Mesh obtained by extruding the input Mesh over the given length in direction dir, subdividing this length according to the seeds generated by smartSeed(div).

Examples

>>> M = Mesh(Formex(origin())).extrude(3,0,3)
>>> print(M)
Mesh: nnodes: 4, nelems: 3, nplex: 2, level: 1, eltype: line2
BBox: [ 0.  0.  0.], [ 3.  0.  0.]
Size: [ 3.  0.  0.]
Length: 3.0
revolve(n, axis=0, angle=360.0, around=None, loop=False, eltype=None)[source]

Revolve a Mesh around an axis.

Returns a new Mesh obtained by revolving the given Mesh over an angle around an axis in n steps, while extruding the mesh from one step to the next. This extrudes points into lines, lines into surfaces and surfaces into volumes.

sweep(path, eltype=None, **kargs)[source]

Sweep a mesh along a path, creating an extrusion

Parameters:

• path: Curve object. The path over which to sweep the Mesh.
• eltype: string. Name of the element type on the returned Meshes.
• **kargs: keyword arguments that are passed to curve.Curve.sweep2(), with the same meaning. Usually, you will need to at least set the normal parameter.

Returns a Mesh obtained by sweeping the given Mesh over a path. The returned Mesh has double plexitude of the original. If path is a closed Curve connect back to the first.

This operation is similar to the extrude() method, but the path can be any 3D curve.

smooth(iterations=1, lamb=0.5, k=0.1, edg=True, exclnod=[], exclelem=[], weight=None)[source]

Return a smoothed mesh.

Smoothing algorithm based on lowpass filters.

If edg is True, the algorithm tries to smooth the outer border of the mesh seperately to reduce mesh shrinkage.

Higher values of k can reduce shrinkage even more (up to a point where the mesh expands), but will result in less smoothing per iteration.

• exclnod: It contains a list of node indices to exclude from the smoothing. If exclnod is ‘border’, all nodes on the border of the mesh will be unchanged, and the smoothing will only act inside. If exclnod is ‘inner’, only the nodes on the border of the mesh will take part to the smoothing.
• exclelem: It contains a list of elements to exclude from the smoothing. The nodes of these elements will not take part to the smoothing. If exclnod and exclelem are used at the same time the union of them will be exluded from smoothing.
-weight : it is a string that can assume 2 values inversedistance and
distance. It allows to specify the weight of the adjancent points according to their distance to the point
classmethod concatenate(meshes, fuse=True, **kargs)[source]

Concatenate a list of meshes of the same plexitude and eltype

All Meshes in the list should have the same plexitude. Meshes with plexitude are ignored though, to allow empty Meshes to be added in.

Merging of the nodes can be tuned by specifying extra arguments that will be passed to coords.Coords:fuse().

If any of the meshes has property numbers, the resulting mesh will inherit the properties. In that case, any meshes without properties will be assigned property 0. If all meshes are without properties, so will be the result.

This is a class method, and should be invoked as follows:

Mesh.concatenate([mesh0,mesh1,mesh2])
test(nodes='all', dir=0, min=None, max=None, atol=0.0)[source]

Flag elements having nodal coordinates between min and max.

This function is very convenient in clipping a Mesh in a specified direction. It returns a 1D integer array flagging (with a value 1 or True) the elements having nodal coordinates in the required range. Use where(result) to get a list of element numbers passing the test. Or directly use clip() or cclip() to create the clipped Mesh

The test plane can be defined in two ways, depending on the value of dir. If dir == 0, 1 or 2, it specifies a global axis and min and max are the minimum and maximum values for the coordinates along that axis. Default is the 0 (or x) direction.

Else, dir should be compaitble with a (3,) shaped array and specifies the direction of the normal on the planes. In this case, min and max are points and should also evaluate to (3,) shaped arrays.

nodes specifies which nodes are taken into account in the comparisons. It should be one of the following:

• a single (integer) point number (< the number of points in the Formex)
• a list of point numbers
• one of the special strings: ‘all’, ‘any’, ‘none’

The default (‘all’) will flag all the elements that have all their nodes between the planes x=min and x=max, i.e. the elements that fall completely between these planes. One of the two clipping planes may be left unspecified.

clipAtPlane(p, n, nodes='any', side='+')[source]

Return the Mesh clipped at plane (p,n).

This is a convenience function returning the part of the Mesh at one side of the plane (p,n)

intersectionWithLines(approximated=True, **kargs)[source]

Return the intersections of a level-2 Mesh with lines.

The Mesh is intersected with lines. The arguments and return values are the same as in trisurface.TriSurface.intersectionWithLines(), except for the approximated.

For a Mesh with eltype ‘tri3’, the intersections are exact. For other eltypes, if approximated is True a conversion to ‘tri3’ is done before computing the intersections. This may produce an exact result, an approximate result or no result (if the conversion fails). Of course the user can create his own approximation to a ‘tri3’ surface first, before calling this method.

levelVolumes()[source]

Return the level volumes of all elements in a Mesh.

The level volume of an element is defined as:

• the length of the element if the Mesh is of level 1,
• the area of the element if the Mesh is of level 2,
• the (signed) volume of the element if the Mesh is of level 3.

The level volumes can be computed directly for Meshes of eltypes ‘line2’, ‘tri3’ and ‘tet4’ and will produce accurate results. All other Mesh types are converted to one of these before computing the level volumes. Conversion may result in approximation of the results. If conversion can not be performed, None is returned.

If succesful, returns an (nelems,) float array with the level volumes of the elements. Returns None if the Mesh level is 0, or the conversion to the level’s base element was unsuccesful.

Note that for level-3 Meshes, negative volumes will be returned for elements having a reversed node ordering.

lengths()[source]

Return the length of all elements in a level-1 Mesh.

For a Mesh with eltype ‘line2’, the lengths are exact. For other eltypes, a conversion to ‘line2’ is done before computing the lengths. This may produce an exact result, an approximated result or no result (if the conversion fails).

If succesful, returns an (nelems,) float array with the lengths. Returns None if the Mesh level is not 1, or the conversion to ‘line2’ does not succeed.

areas()[source]

Return the area of all elements in a level-2 Mesh.

For a Mesh with eltype ‘tri3’, the areas are exact. For other eltypes, a conversion to ‘tri3’ is done before computing the areas. This may produce an exact result, an approximate result or no result (if the conversion fails).

If succesful, returns an (nelems,) float array with the areas. Returns None if the Mesh level is not 2, or the conversion to ‘tri3’ does not succeed.

volumes()[source]

Return the signed volume of all the mesh elements

For a ‘tet4’ tetraeder Mesh, the volume of the elements is calculated as 1/3 * surface of base * height.

For other Mesh types the volumes are calculated by first splitting the elements into tetraeder elements.

The return value is an array of float values with length equal to the number of elements. If the Mesh conversion to tetraeder does not succeed, the return value is None.

length()[source]

Return the total length of a Mesh.

Returns the sum of self.lengths(), or 0.0 if the self.lengths() returned None.

area()[source]

Return the total area of a Mesh.

Returns the sum of self.areas(), or 0.0 if the self.areas() returned None.

volume()[source]

Return the total volume of a Mesh.

For a Mesh of level < 3, a value 0.0 is returned. For a Mesh of level 3, the volume is computed by converting its border to a surface and taking the volume inside that surface. It is equivalent with

self.toSurface().volume()

This is far more efficient than self.volumes().sum().

fixVolumes()[source]

Reverse the elements with negative volume.

Elements with negative volume may result from incorrect local node numbering. This method will reverse all elements in a Mesh of dimensionality 3, provide the volumes of these elements can be computed.

7.2. Functions defined in module mesh¶

mesh.mergeNodes(nodes, fuse=True, **kargs)[source]

Merge all the nodes of a list of node sets.

Merging the nodes creates a single Coords object containing all nodes, and the indices to find the points of the original node sets in the merged set.

Parameters:

• nodes: a list of Coords objects, all having the same shape, except possibly for their first dimension
• fuse: if True (default), coincident (or very close) points will be fused to a single point
• **kargs: keyword arguments that are passed to the fuse operation

Returns:

• a Coords with the coordinates of all (unique) nodes,
• a list of indices translating the old node numbers to the new. These numbers refer to the serialized Coords.

The merging operation can be tuned by specifying extra arguments that will be passed to coords.Coords.fuse().

mesh.mergeMeshes(meshes, fuse=True, **kargs)[source]

Merge all the nodes of a list of Meshes.

Each item in meshes is a Mesh instance. The return value is a tuple with:

• the coordinates of all unique nodes,
• a list of elems corresponding to the input list, but with numbers referring to the new coordinates.

The merging operation can be tuned by specifying extra arguments that will be passed to coords.Coords:fuse(). Setting fuse=False will merely concatenate all the mesh.coords, but not fuse them.

mesh.line2_wts(seed0)[source]

Create weights for line2 subdivision.

Parameters: seed0 (int or list of floats) – The subdivisions along the first parametric direction of the element. If an int, the subdivisions will be equally spaced between 0 and 1

Examples

>>> line2_wts(4)
array([[ 0.  ,  1.  ],
[ 0.25,  0.75],
[ 0.5 ,  0.5 ],
[ 0.75,  0.25],
[ 1.  ,  0.  ]])

Create weights for quad4 subdivision.

Parameters:

• ‘seed0’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the first parametric direction of the element
• ‘seed1’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the second parametric direction of the element

If these parameters are integer values the divisions will be equally spaced between 0 and 1

This is equivalent with ~arraytools.gridpoints(seed0, seed1).

Quad4 element connectivity for a regular stack of nx,ny elements.

The node numbers vary first in the x, then in the y direction.

Create weights for quad4 subdivision.

Parameters:

• ‘seed0’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the first parametric direction of the element
• ‘seed1’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the second parametric direction of the element

If these parameters are integer values the divisions will be equally spaced between 0 and 1

This is equivalent with ~arraytools.gridpoints(seed0, seed1).

Quad4 element connectivity for a regular stack of nx,ny elements.

The node numbers vary first in the x, then in the y direction.

Create a quadrilateral mesh of unit size with the specified seeds.

Parameters:

• seed0,`seed1`: seeds for the elements along the parametric directions 0 and 1. Each can be one of the following:
• an integer number, specifying the number of equally sized elements along that direction,
• a tuple (n,) or (n,e0) or (n,e0,e1), to be used as parameters in the mesh.seed() function,
• a list of monotonously increasing float values in the range 0.0 to 1.0, specifying the relative positions of the nodes. Normally, the first and last values of the seeds are 0. and 1., leading to a unit square grid.

The node and element numbers vary first in the x, then in the y direction.

mesh.hex8_wts(seed0, seed1, seed2)[source]

Create weights for hex8 subdivision.

Parameters:

• ‘seed0’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the first parametric direction of the element
• ‘seed1’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the second parametric direction of the element
• ‘seed2’ : int or list of floats . It specifies divisions along the t parametric direction of the element

If these parametes are integer values the divisions will be equally spaced between 0 and 1

mesh.hex8_els(nx, ny, nz)[source]

Create connectivity table for hex8 subdivision.

mesh.rectangle(L=1.0, W=1.0, nl=1, nw=1)[source]

Create a plane rectangular mesh of quad4 elements.

Parameters: - L,`W`: length,width of the rectangle.

mesh.rectangleWithHole(L, W, r, nr, nl, nw=None, e0=0.0, eltype='quad4')[source]

Create a quarter of rectangle with a central circular hole.

Parameters:

• L: float. Length of the (quarter) rectangle
• W: float. Width of the (quarter) rectangle
• r: float. Radius of the hole
• nr: integer. Number of elements over radial direction
• nl: integer. Number of elements over tangential direction along L
• nw: integer. Number of elements over tangential direction along W.
If None (default), it will be set equal to nl.
• e0: float. Concentration factor for elements in the radial direction

Returns a Mesh

Create a quadrilateral mesh

Parameters:

• x: Coords(4,3): Four corners of the mesh, in anti-clockwise order.
• n1: number of elements along sides x0-x1 and x2-x3
• n2: number of elements along sides x1-x2 and x3-x4

Returns a Mesh of quads filling the quadrilateral defined by the four points x.

mesh.continuousCurves(c0, c1)[source]

Make sure the two curves are continuous.

Ensures that the end point of curve c0 and the start point of curve c1 are coincident. This is done by replacing these two points with their mean value.

mesh.triangleQuadMesh(P0, C0, n, P0wgt=1.0)[source]

Create a quad Mesh over a triangular region

The triangle can have a single non-straight edge. The domain is described by a curve and a point. The straight lines between the curve ends and the point are the other two sides.

Parameters:

• P0: a point
• C: a curve
• ndiv: a tuple of 3 int’s. The quad kernel near the point will have n0*n1 elements (n0 to the start of the curve, n1 to the end. The zone near the curve has n0+n1 elements along the curve, and n2 elements perpendicular to the curve.
mesh.quarterCircle(n1, n2)[source]

Create a mesh of quadrilaterals filling a quarter circle.

Parameters: n1 (int) – Number of elements along the edges 01 and 23 n2 (int) – Number of elements along the edges 12 and 30 Mesh – A ‘quad4’ Mesh filling a quarter circle with radius 1 and center at the origin, in the first quadrant of the axes.

Notes

The quarter circle mesh has a kernel of n1*n1 cells, and two border meshes of n1*n2 cells. The resulting mesh has n1+n2 cells in radial direction and 2*n1 cells in tangential direction (in the border mesh).

mesh.wedge6_roll(elems)[source]

Roll wedge6 elems to make the lowest node of bottom plane the first

This is a helper function for the wedge6_tet4() conversion.

mesh.wedge6_tet4(M)[source]

Convert a Mesh from wedge6 to tet4

This converts a ‘wedge6’ Mesh to ‘tet4’, by replacing each wedge element with three tets. The conversion ensures that the subdivision of the wedge elements are compatible in the common quad faces of any two wedge elements.

Parameters: M (Mesh) – A Mesh of eltype ‘wedge6’. Mesh – A Mesh of eltype ‘tet4’ representing the same domain as the input Mesh. The nodes are the same as those of the input Mesh. The number of elements is three times that of the input Mesh. The order of numbering of the elements is dependent on the conversion algorithm.