In this document we demonstrate how to generate quadrilateral
oomph-lib meshes, based on the output from Barry Joe's mesh generator
Geompack++, available as freeware at http://members.shaw.ca/bjoe/. The mesh generation is performed in a two-stage process. First we use
Geompack++ to generate the mesh "offline". Then we process the output files generated by
Geompack++ to generate an
regmesh.pdf distributed with
Geompack++ contain a comprehensive User's Guide for the code and its many options.
Geompack++ is a very sophisticated mesh generator and can be used to create 2D and 3D meshes with a wide variety of element types. Here we only discuss how to use
Geompack++ to generate 2D quadrilateral meshes. [The development of of
oomph-lib meshes that process
Geompack++'s output for other element types should be straightforward but is still on our "To Do" list – any volunteers?]
Geompack++ creates quadrilateral meshes, based on the information about the mesh boundaries (nodes and curves) provided in two input files,
filename.cs2, say. An output file,
filename.1.mh2 is created. It contains the information about the mesh boundaries, the nodal positions and the element connectivity lists.
To visualise the mesh, the program
Geomview is available. (
Geomview can be downloaded from the
Geomview home page .) The
Geompack++ output file cannot be processed directly by
Geomview but a simple program that converts the file
filename.mh2 to a format that is readable by
Geomview is available.
As an example we demonstrate how to use
Geompack++ to generate a mesh for the rectangular domain with a hole shown in the figure below. The domain is defined by eight nodes and eight curves (straight lines) which connect the nodes and define two boundaries.
The boundary numbers shown in the sketch correspond to those in the
Geompack++ input region file box_hole.rg2 and in the curve input file box_hole.cs2. In the corresponding
oomph-lib mesh, the boundaries are numbered from zero.
The desired mesh characteristics are defined in the file box_hole.m2 which specifies that the final mesh should contain approximately 200 elements. When processed with the command
Here is a sketch of the resulting discretisation, as displayed by
oomph-lib provides a mesh,
GeompackQuadMesh, that uses the output from
Geompack++ to generate an
oomph-lib Mesh containing
QElement<2,2> four-node quadrilateral elements. The relevant interface is:
The driver code mesh_from_geompack_poisson.cc demonstrates the use of this mesh for the solution of a 2D Poisson problem in the "rectangular domain with a hole", described in the previous section.
The code expects the names of
mh2 and *.
cs2 files generated by
Geompack++ as command line arguments and stores them in the namespace
The names of these files are then passed to the mesh constructor. Since the rest of the driver code is identical to that in the corresponding example with a structured mesh, we do not provide a detailed code listing but simply show the plot of the computed results, together with the tanh-shaped exact solution of the problem:
A pdf version of this document is available.