Perform Box Refinement

Use the Refine: Box tool to refine elements enclosed inside a box.

Before you begin, make sure the initial mesh is a regular mapped quad mesh, and not a free quad mesh.

  1. From the Elements ribbon, click the Refine > Box tool.

    Figure 1.
  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define refinement options.
  3. Select the center node to start the uniform mesh refinement.
    A refinement box is created.
  4. Adjust the size and shape of the refinement box by clicking on a face and dragging the slider or inputting a value in the microdialog.
    The refinement box determines the constant refinement zone. Elements inside this box should be the same size.
  5. Click Transition: Elements on the guide bar.
    A transition box is created.
  6. Adjust the size and shape of the transition box in a similar manner to the refinement box.
    The mesh will be transitioned to match the initial mesh.
    Note: The transition box should enclose the refinement box. The size of the transition box determines how aggressive the transition will be. It is recommended that you limit the transition to 1 element connection 3 elements (1:3).
  7. Click Review on the guide bar to preview the box.
  8. Click the box, enter a refinement size in the microdialog, then click Refine.
    The size should be smaller than the initial mesh.