MeshGenerator

This is the base class of all the MeshGenerators systems. There are two types of MeshGenerators :

  • Those who create a mesh (such as AnnularMeshGenerator, FileMeshGenerator,...). They are usually similar to the Mesh objects.

  • Those who modify an existing mesh (such as MeshExtruderGenerator, StitchedMeshGenerator,...). They are usually similar to MeshModifier objects.

The point of these objects is to create complex meshes using only one input file. Indeed, you can use several MeshGenerator blocks in your input file. Those represent the different steps necessary to create your complex mesh.

Input File Example

For instance, let's take a look at the following input file :


[MeshGenerators]
  [./gmg]
    type = GeneratedMeshGenerator
    dim = 3
    nx = 3
    ny = 3
    nz = 3
  []

  [./tmg]
    type = TiledMeshGenerator
    input = gmg
    x_width = 1
    y_width = 1
    z_width = 1

    left_boundary = left
    right_boundary = right
    top_boundary = top
    bottom_boundary = bottom
    front_boundary = front
    back_boundary = back

    x_tiles = 2
    y_tiles = 1
    z_tiles = 5
  []
[]

[Mesh]
  type = MeshGeneratorMesh
[]

[Outputs]
  exodus = true
[]

First of all, one thing to notice is that you have several MeshGenerator blocks, but you only have one Mesh block, which is of type "MeshGeneratorMesh".

Let's analyse the different steps. First, we use a GeneratedMeshGenerator to create a 3D mesh (here it's simply a regular cube). After that, we use this mesh as an input (that's what input = gmg means) to create a larger mesh using a TiledMeshGenerator.