Adjustment: meshing by deflection (on the lines/ non flat faces)


Adjustment of the deflection permits cutting the meshing elements of the curved objects in a project :

  • cones, cylinders, distorted faces … (for the faces in 3D)
  • arcs of circle, left lines (for the lines)


The division is illustrated in the figure below. The arc of circle is cut up to a certain limit set by the user.


For a line element, the criterion of deflection corresponds to the distance d measured between the centre of the line element and its projection on to the curved line.

Cutting by deviation

Schematically, on a curve line, for each linear element it should be checked that the deflection should be inferior to the maximal value of deflection defined during the adjustment by the user. If this condition is not checked, our arc is cut into two and so on, up to the attainment of the maximal deflection distance.

Types of deflection

The meshing by deflection can be applied to lines and to faces. The value of the deflection can be relative or absolute. The different types of deflection in function of their assignment are presented in the following table:

Element Type Value
Deflection on the faces (including or not the infinite box) relative 0 < d < 1
absolute Absolute dimension in meter
absolute Value defined by a relationship between the max. dimension of the project and the max. dimension of the deflection
Linear discretization of the deflection type relative 0 < d < 1
absolute Absolute dimension in meter

Aided mesh

For each project, the software creates an aided_meshline instance (for the deflection on non flat lines) and an aided meshgenerator (for the deflection on non flat faces in 3D) dedicated to the Aided mesh.