Numerical generation of boundary-fitted curvilinear coordinate systems for arbitrarily curved surfaces

Toshiyuki Takagi, Kazuyoshi Miki, Brian C.J. Chen, William T. Sha

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A new method is presented for numerically generating boundary-fitted coordinate systems for arbitrarily curved surfaces. The three-dimensional surface has been expressed by functions of two parameters using the geometrical modelling techniques in computer graphics. This leads to new quasi-one- and two-dimensional elliptic partial differential equations for coordinate transformation. Since the equations involve the derivatives fo teh surface expressions, the grids generated by the equations distribute on the surface depending on its slope and curvature. A computer program GRID-CS based on the method was developed and applied to a surface of the second order, a torus and a surface of a primary containment vessel for a nuclear reactor. These applications confirm that GRID-CS is a convenient and efficient tool for grid generation on arbitrarily curved surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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