# Refining the Mesh Adaptively Using Error Estimates

Error estimates can be used to automatically place mesh refinement rules (point refinement) in the model where the error is estimated to be large. Refining the model in the areas with the largest errors results in a model where the errors are comparable everywhere in the model and produces a model with increased accuracy without an excessive increase in mesh elements.

When a model has error estimates calculated, the error estimates can be used to define mesh refinement rules. The model is then solved again and new mesh refinement rules are added where the estimated error is large. This process is repeated until the model has sufficiently been refined. It is recommended that you perform mesh convergence tests to confirm that the model is sufficiently refined to produce the required level of accuracy.

The steps required to add additive mesh refinement points using error estimates follows:

Add an adaptive mesh refinement rule.

[Optional] Hide the display of mesh rules in the 3D view.