Meshing Process in AcuConsole

Mesh generation in AcuConsole is done by a standalone program called AcuMeshSim.

AcuConsole writes all of the mesh parameters to an .xml file with an .ams extension. Before the start of the meshing process, the geometry data of the model is written to a folder named CAD.DIR in the working directory. The .ams file and the CAD.DIR are required sets of data for the mesh process.

After specifying the mesh attributes the meshing can be launched by clicking Tools > Generate Mesh. Alternatively, it can be launched from the toolbar by clicking , which opens the Launch AcuMeshSim dialog.

The parameters available in AcuMeshSim include:
Ams file name
Name of the .ams input file for launching AcuMeshSim.
Mesh output directory
Directory to which AcuMeshSim writes out all of the mesh files.
Export ams file
Flag specifying if the input file (.ams) should be written. This file is necessary when meshing in batch mode.
Launch AcuMeshSim
Flag specifying if AcuMeshSim should be executed.
Modify the original surface mesh
Flag specifying if the original surface mesh (if it exists) should be modified.
Mesh type
Specifying whether volume or surface mesh should be performed.
Output file format
Option to specify either binary or ASCII format for mesh files.
Unconstrain top boundary layer during mesh smoothing
By default, the mesh smoothing operation does not modify the mesh associated with the boundary layer. If this parameter is on the top layer will be modified during mesh smoothing.

After setting the above parameters clicking OK starts the meshing process. During the meshing process certain files are written to the MESHSIM.DIR folder. After the meshing is done, an .arm (AcuSolve raw mesh) file is created. Once the meshing is done MESHSIM.DIR can be deleted if required, which has no effect on the mesh or the simulation. The .arm file is an .xml file pointing to different mesh files in MESH.DIR. The complete mesh of the model can be transferred to a different machine using the .arm file and MESH.DIR.