Mesh generation and its applications


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Mesh generation is a process that discretizes a geometrical domain into a combination of many basic cells (such as triangles and quads for 2D domains and tetrahedra and hexahedra for 3D domains) that covers the domain. A mesh is a necessary input to many numerical schemes, such as the finite element method (FEM), the finite difference method (FDM) or the finite volume method (FVM). For a long period, mesh generation has been identified as the main performance bottleneck of performing a simulation, in particular when this simulation involves complicated geometries, complicated physics or both. Automatic generation of high quality meshes that can lead to an efficient and accurate simulation has always been pursued by the community of computational science and engineering in the past decades. Nowadays, although many commercial or in-house tools have been developed and configured, it is still hard to say this goal has been completely achieved. Therefore, the studies in novel mesh generation techniques are still ongoing everywhere in the world, conducted by a big volume of researchers or developers from universities, academic institutes and industry departments.

The special issue attempts to collect high-quality original research articles closely related to mesh generation and its applications, and bring together researchers and engineers from academic and industrial departments to share their recent innovative works on theories and algorithms of mesh generation. Given the fact that mesh generation values itself particularly when put into applications, the special issue encourages those contributions that have been or will potentially be verified by real-world examples. 


List of topic areas

Mesh Generation and Modification

  • Structured, unstructured, Cartesian, and hybrid meshing techniques
  • High-order finite elements, and mesh generation
  • Optimal meshing, centroidal Voronoi tessellation 
  • Mesh adaptation, metrics, and anisotropy 
  • Mesh refinement, coarsening, smoothing, untangling, optimization, simplification, and  compression
  • Dynamic mesh modifications such as moving meshes, level set methods, and mesh morphing
  • AI for meshing 


Meshing for High-Performance and Distributed Computing 

  • Parallel mesh data structure 
  • Mesh partitioning and coloring 
  • Parallel meshing, mesh streaming, and real time meshing techniques 
  • Meshing for cloud computing


CAD and Computational Geometry Issues for Meshing

  • Geometry representation and translation: B-Rep NURBS, implicit surfaces, and volume data 
  • Surface reconstruction and domain generation
  • Geometry preparation: CAD repair/cleanup, simplification, defeaturing, partitioning, decomposition, and imprint/merge 
  • Dimension reduction: medial axis transformation, Voronoi diagram, chordal axis transform, mid-surface, and other skeletal representations 
  • Virtual geometry and topology


Implications and Applications for Meshing 

  • Finite element, finite volume analysis and modeling 
  • Geometric modeling 
  • Computer graphics and scientific visualization 
  • Other novel methodology and applications, such as isogeometric analysis 
  • Solution-driven adaptivity 
  • Application-specific novel meshing techniques


Guest Editors

Jianjun Chen,
Zhejiang University,
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Yufei Pang,
China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center,
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Na Lei,
Dalian University of Technology,
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Gang Xu,
Hangzhou Dianzi Universit,
[email protected]


Submissions Information


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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.


Key Deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 01 March 2023
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 30 September 2023