Laplacian

Applies to: Curve, Surface, and Volume meshes

Summary: Tries to make equal edge lengths

To use laplacian smoothing

  1. On the Command Panel, click on Mesh.
  2. Click on Volume, Surface or Curve.
  3. Click on the Smoothing action button.
  4. Select Laplacian from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter in the appropriate values for Volume ID(s), Surface ID(s) or Curve ID(s). This can also be done using the Pick Widget function.
  6. Optionally, select Specify Tolerance to set a specific Tolerance value.
  7. Click Apply.

{Surface|Volume} <range> Smooth Scheme Laplacian [Free] [Global]

Discussion:

The length-weighted Laplacian smoothing approach calculates an average element edge length around the mesh node being smoothed to weight the magnitude of the allowed node movement (Jones, 74). Therefore this smoother is highly sensitive to element edge lengths and tends to average these lengths to form better shaped elements. However, similar to the mapping transformations, the length-weighted Laplacian formulation has difficulty with highly concave regions.

Currently, the stopping criterion for curve smoothing is 0.005, i.e., nodes are no longer moved when smoothing moves the node less than 0.005 * the minimum edge length. The maximum number of smoothing iterations is the maximum of 100 and the number of nodes in the curve mesh. Neither of these parameters can currently be set by the user.

Using the global keyword when smoothing a group of surfaces will allow smoothing of mesh on shared curves to improve the quality of elements on both surfaces sharing that curve.