There are a bunch of mesh metrics that you can select one of them to show the general situation about the selected metric in the mesh structure that is obtained in ANSYS® Meshing. One of these metrics is the ‘Warping Factor’. It is one of the most important mesh metrics in ANSYS® that shows the quality of mesh structure. In this article, we will explain;
To see the warping factor situation of mesh structure in ANSYS®, click on ‘Mesh’ tan as in the red box above then select the ‘Warping Factor’ as shown by the red arrow above from ‘Mesh Metric’ inside the green box in ANSYS®.
After the selection of ‘Warping Factor’ for ‘Mesh Metric’, you can see the minimum, maximum, average, and standard deviation values of the warping factor of mesh elements. Also, you can see the dispersion of warping factor values around the number of mesh elements from the above chart in ANSYS® Meshing.
Warping factor is generally used for quadrilateral elements in ANSYS® Meshing. This mesh metric shows the mathematical deviation of a mesh element from its normal state. As you understand from its name that the higher warping factor means lower quality mesh structure.
As you see above, when the warping factor increases, the shapes of quadrilateral elements also warps schematically.
This can be the most basic explanation of warping factor of a created mesh structure in ANSYS® Meshing. Leave your comments and questions below about ‘Warping Factor in ANSYS® Mesh Metrics’.
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