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Re: [Getfem-users] boundary condition application question

From: Iago Barbeiro
Subject: Re: [Getfem-users] boundary condition application question
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:57:00 -0300

Dear Umut,

First, I think the pages 11/12 of the "Short User Documentation" will give you some useful functions to deal with mesh_regions.
You may also want to take a look at the mesh class reference:

As you will see, one mesh_region can carry two kinds of entities: convex numbers and/or convex faces.
In the case of hexa meshes they are respectively the hexahedrons themselves and the quad faces, as you described.

I think one way to create some mesh_region more or less the way you want would be (adapted from the example):

Consider an unitary cubic domain aligned with x, y and z axis. Then lets define three regions:

mesh_region 0 : all the hexahedrons.
mesh_region 1 : faces with external normal aligned with the x axis pointing to the positive sense.
mesh_region 2 : all other faces.
1) Make sure  mesh_region=0,1,2 are free to be used:

if(mymesh.has_region(0)) mymesh.sup_region(0);
if(mymesh.has_region(1)) mymesh.sup_region(1);
if(mymesh.has_region(2)) mymesh.sup_region(2);

2) Loop over all mesh convex (hexahedrons) and add each one to the mesh_region 0:

for(dal::bv_visitor i(mymesh.convex_index()); !i.finished(); ++i){

3) Create a dummy mesh_region and load it with all outer faces

getfem::mesh_region border_faces;
getfem::outer_faces_of_mesh(mymesh, border_faces);

4) Loop over all faces of the dummy mesh_region (border_faces) check the direction and sign of their normal vectors and add each one to the respective mes_region (1 or 2).

for(getfem::mr_visitor it(border_faces); !it.finished(); ++it){

   assert(it.is_face());  // just checking
   base_node un = mymesh.normal_of_face_of_convex(, it.f());
   un/= gmm::vect_norm2(un);

   if(gmm::abs(un[0] - 1.0)<1.0E-7){           //  will be true if the normal is close enough to the x axis positive versor (î)
      mymesh.region(1).add(, it.f());
      mymesh.region(2).add(, it.f());


Well, It is not tested and may have some mistakes...
(I would be glad if other guys could take a look)


Iago C. Barbeiro
University of São Paulo - Brazil

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM, Umut Tabak <address@hidden> wrote:
Dear all,

As a new, fresh user of getfem, I was looking for a way to be able to
identify different elements in a mesh(imported from Gmsh), and put these
elements in different mesh regions for boundary condition application.
Say, I am importing a simple mesh of a box structure and I would like to
put some specific elements in different regions, for instance the quad
elements on once of the faces of the volume will be in one region and
the hexahedral elements of the whole mesh will be in another region. I
guess I can put all the valid elements in my mesh in a vector defined by
using mymesh.convex_index(), by how to separate them depending on convex
types, is there a direct way to do this separation in getFem++.

Thanks in advance.


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