Fluent meshing fails when opening a geometry from space claim


    • smraniaki

      I have a CAD model made of a patterned structure (STL) + enclosure around it and it fails opening when I try to import it to fluent for meshing. the error says "CAD model not compatible"

      When I reduce the dimension (number of patterns) in my CAD model, it imports without any problem.

      I suspected the available memory is not sufficient to handle so many facets (surfaces merged to form a solid body), and the snapshot below shows the utilized memory during the importation process.

    • Rob
      Ansys Employee
      Can you rebuild the unit in NURBS based CAD and import that? Or mesh the domain in sections and stitch them together later? It may be RAM related but could also be linked to the shear number of surfaces/facets in the import; when you break list limits it may be the importer that fails rather than Fluent Meshing so you get an import error rather than memory.
    • smraniaki
      Thank you Rob for your comment.
      I'm afraid I can't split the body and stitch them later. It's one object. However, I sometimes get the error from the importer, during the importation process, sometimes during the surface mesh process. For example, below is the log I get until it crashes during the importation process after almost 8 hours of processing. Please let me know if you have any tip or advise.

      This is an academic version of ANSYS FLUENT. Usage of this product
      license is limited to the terms and conditions specified in your ANSYS
      license form, additional terms section.
      Host spawning Node 0 on machine "KET21002" (win64).

      ID Hostname Core O.S. PID Vendor
      n10 KET21002 11/12 Windows-x64 3828 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n9 KET21002 10/12 Windows-x64 17316 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n8 KET21002 9/12 Windows-x64 17240 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n7 KET21002 8/12 Windows-x64 18048 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n6 KET21002 7/12 Windows-x64 5020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n5 KET21002 6/12 Windows-x64 19412 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n4 KET21002 5/12 Windows-x64 20384 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n3 KET21002 4/12 Windows-x64 18760 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n2 KET21002 3/12 Windows-x64 12216 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n1 KET21002 2/12 Windows-x64 7352 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      n0* KET21002 1/12 Windows-x64 16580 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H
      host KET21002 Windows-x64 8832 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H

      MPI Option Selected: intel
      Selected system interconnect: default

      Cleanup script file is C:\Users\smran\AppData\Local\Temp\cleanup-fluent-KET21002-8832.bat

      Importing one geom object per program-controlled and one zone per body ...
      C:\Program Files\ANSYS Inc\v202\commonfiles\CPython\3_7\winx64\Release\python\..\Ansys\TGrid\CADReaders.py started by smran on KET21002 winx64 on Sat May 22 11:33:44 2021
      using Python 3.7.6 (heads/python_3.7.6-dirty:49ba8e4, Mar 19 2020, 15:03:34) [MSC v.1910 64 bit (AMD64)]

      using Ansys.Meshing.FieldMesher build May 29 2020 12:06:46 including TGLib build Nov 12 2019 13:13:16

      running ANSYS TGrid CADToTGridConverter ...
      setting up parameters ...
      setting up parameters done.
      running conversion ...
      converting 1 file(s) from Workbench to FLTG using output path 'C:\Users\smran\AppData\Local\Temp/out162167602318916.tgf'
      converting file 'Geom-2.scdoc' (1 of 1) from Workbench to FLTG using output path 'C:\Users\smran\AppData\Local\Temp'
      importing data ...
      importing meshing model from PartMgr from file 'C:\Users\smran\AppData\Local\Temp\WB_KET21002_smran_17224_2\unsaved_project_files\dp0\Geom-2\DM\Geom-2.scdoc' ...
      setting enclosure and symmetry processing to False
      setting transfer named selections to True
      setting named selection prefixes to ''
      setting mixed import resolution type to 'SolidAndSurface'
      setting target application to 'FluentMeshing'
      attaching to assembly ...
      attaching to assembly failed after 27549.234 [s]
      running ANSYS TGrid CADToTGridConverter FAILED! (pIPartMgr->AttachAssembly() failed!
      Attach failed.

      importing meshing model from PartMgr from file 'C:\Users\smran\AppData\Local\Temp\WB_KET21002_smran_17224_2\unsaved_project_files\dp0\Geom-2\DM\Geom-2.scdoc' failed.)
      ran ANSYS TGrid CADToTGridConverter in 27549.279 [s]
      ======== Command Execution Log Manager ========
      Number of execution logs: 2


      Error: Error in CAD Import
      Error Object: #f

      Error: Error occurred during import.
      Error Object: #f

      Error: Importing the selected file could not be completed. Check to make sure that the selected file format is supported. In addition, check to make sure the CAD Readers are properly configured for the format using the CAD Configuration Manager utility.
    • Rob
      Ansys Employee
      It may be linked to the facet count in the stl. Can you use a bigger computer at Uni? Similarly can you split the surface up and bring in a few stls to stitch together later? For terrain models we used to bring in squares and connect in the older pre-proc tools as we ran out of memory allocation on 32-bit hardware. Once each face was meshed they could be added to a single session, connected, remeshed and then transferred to Fluent.
    • smraniaki
      Thanks Rob! I managed to find a better system to try it on a workstation with 64GB of ram (instead of my 16GB RAM) but no significant changes. I even tried the faceting tool to reduce the number of facets and smooth them before creating the solid body (merged faces) but it seems like despite the less number of facets this time, it added to the pre-processing time. I tried this on a small test-case just for the sake of comparison. I'm so confused!
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