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Material point#

In this step, the user is required to identify the location of the material point. The material point is used to identify the subdomains of interest out of the domains created by intersecting the background mesh with the geometric surfaces in the model. The subdomain which contains the material point is kept and all other subdomains are deleted.

Material point step

View of the material point step

The user should place the material point at any location inside the subdomain that needs to be meshed. The location of the point is arbitrary as long as it falls within the boundaries of this subdomain.

There are two methods of defining the location of the material point. The first method is by typing in the desired coordinates as shown in the image. The second method is clicking the Select Material Point button and then dragging the point to the location of interest.

Note

After you upload a geometry the material point is automatically placed inside the bounding box in one of the corners.

Tip

You can select a geometry and use the Move inside selected geometry function to place in the center of the bounding box of the selected geometry. The same works if you select one of the sides of the bounding box.
Keep in mind the for complex geometries the center of the bounding box for the geometry could be actually outside of the geometry.


Last update: September 5, 2022
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