Journal Article A New Adaptive Mesh Refinement Method in FEA Based on Magnetic Field Conservation at Elements Interfaces and Non-Conforming Mesh Refinement Technique

Noguchi, So  ,  Naoe, Takuto  ,  Igarashi, Hajime  ,  Matsutomo, Shinya  ,  Cingoski, Vlatko  ,  Ahagon, Akira  ,  Kameari, Akihisa

53 ( 6 )  , p.7201904 , 2017-06 , IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Mesh quality strongly affects the solution accuracy in electromagnetic finite-element analysis. Hence, the realization of adequate mesh generation becomes a very important task. Several adaptive meshing methods for automatic adjustments of the mesh density in accordance with the shape and complexity of the analyzed problem have been proposed. However, the most of them are not enough robust, some are quite laborious and could not be universally used for adaptive meshing of complex analysis models. In this paper, a new adaptive mesh refinement method based on magnetic field conservation at the border between finite elements is proposed. The proposed error estimation method provides easy mesh refinements, and generates smaller element within regions with large curvature of the magnetic flux lines. The proposed adaptive mesh refinement method based on non-conforming edge finite elements, which could avoid generation of flat or ill-shaped elements, was applied to a simple magnetostatic permanent magnet model. To confirm the validity and accuracy, the obtained results were compared with those obtained by means of the Zienkiewicz-Zhu (ZZ) error estimator. The results show that the computational error using the proposed method was reduced down to 1% compared with that of the ZZ method, which yields error of 8.6%, for the same model.

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