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Fluent Meshing Migration Manual

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Table of Contents
1. Migrating to Fluent Meshing 17.2 .......................................................................................................... 1
1.1. The Contents of This Manual ............................................................................................................. 1
1.2. Additional Resources ........................................................................................................................ 1
2. Feature Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2 ................................................................................................ 3
2.1. Changes in Product Behavior from Previous Releases ......................................................................... 3
2.2. Added Features ................................................................................................................................ 3
3. Text Command List Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2 ............................................................................. 5
3.1. Modified Fluent Meshing Text Commands ......................................................................................... 5
3.2. New Fluent Meshing Text Commands ................................................................................................ 5

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Chapter 1: Migrating to Fluent Meshing 17.2


The purpose of the Fluent Meshing Migration Manual is to help you transition to the most recent version
of ANSYS Fluent Meshing.
Read through the entire document to understand the changes that have taken place.
1.1.The Contents of This Manual
1.2. Additional Resources

1.1. The Contents of This Manual


This version of the Fluent Meshing Migration Manual highlights changes between Fluent Meshing 17.1
and Fluent Meshing 17.2. This document will include a brief description of new features and changes
in text command settings. The information is enclosed in the following chapters:
Feature Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2 (p. 3)
Text Command List Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2 (p. 5)
If you are upgrading across several releases, you may find it helpful to consult technical support for
assistance.

1.2. Additional Resources


For a complete list of Fluent manuals, see The Contents of the Fluent Manuals.
To access documentation files on the ANSYS Customer Portal, go to http://support.ansys.com/documentation. Here you can also find Release Notes and a list of Known Issues and Limitations. Expand the
General category to access these documents
For a list of platform/OS levels that are supported in the current release, visit the ANSYS website.
Note that beta features have not been fully tested and validated. ANSYS, Inc. makes no commitment
to resolve defects reported against these prototype features. Changes in behavior are sometimes expected
and are not captured in this document. However, if there are differences between the Release 17.0 beta
features and the Release 17.2 standard Fluent Meshing features that concern you, contact technical
support for assistance. Your feedback is appreciated and will help us improve the overall quality of the
product.

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Chapter 2: Feature Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2


Several features have been improved or added in Fluent Meshing Release 17.2.
The following sections describe such feature changes:
2.1. Changes in Product Behavior from Previous Releases
2.2. Added Features

2.1. Changes in Product Behavior from Previous Releases


Face zones which are not connected to volume mesh (geometry objects or unreferenced zones in case of
mesh object-based workflow) will be transferred as imported surfaces when the volume mesh is transferred
from meshing to solution mode. Also, any unmeshed face zones connected to volume mesh (mesh object
with some regions filled or unreferenced zones), will be disconnected and transferred as imported surfaces
in solution mode.
The display of the cut edges of the model exposed by the clipping plane is now disabled by default. Use
the Show Cut Edges option in the Clipping Planes group in the ribbon to display the cut edges (release
17.0 behavior).
The disabling of the cut plane edges will improve graphics performance when clipping planes are
combined with display bounds for cell zones.
The Select Visible Entities option for box and polygon selection is now disabled by default.
The Remesh and Separate options for the patching tools are now enabled by default. Hence, when the
patching tools are used, by default, the new faces will be remeshed and added to a new face zone.

Note
Reading a mesh file from previous releases will retain the previously saved settings for
these options.

The Delete operation (shortcut Ctrl+W) cannot be performed repeatedly using the Ctrl+right-mousebutton shortcut.

2.2. Added Features


The new features available in the meshing mode in Fluent include enhancements to many existing
features and improved robustness through defect fixes.
Scripting Improvements
New utility functions are available for:
Obtaining zone, object, region and face zone label lists

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Feature Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2


Obtaining mesh setup information
Reporting mesh quality, statistics, face/cell distribution
Diagnostic tools for face connectivity and quality issues
Performance and Feature Enhancements
The following enhancements have been made:
You can now use the mouse scroll-wheel to zoom in/out in the graphics window, by default. This can
be used in combination with the box zoom to examine the mesh.
The wrapping process has been improved, with speedup in operations such as feature imprinting,
remeshing, and fixing of self-intersecting faces.
The tetrahedral meshing process has been improved, resulting in an overall speedup.
Volume meshing for Windows has been improved, resulting in speedup.
Adaptive edge extraction has been improved to avoid disconnected edges after CAD import. This also
results in better remeshing.
Remeshing has been improved to provide correct topology and better feature capture and quality.
Customizing Fluent with ANSYS ACT
ANSYS ACT functionality is available for release 17.2. The ACT Start Page provides an access point for
ANSYS ACT functionality. From this page, you can access tools that can be used in the development and
execution of extensions.
For details, see Customizing Fluent.

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Chapter 3: Text Command List Changes in Fluent Meshing 17.2


Changes to the text command lists are classified as either Modified or New; where a modified command
refers to either a changed behavior or a deleted command, and a new command is one that did not
exist in previous versions of Fluent Meshing.
Details of the text command list changes are tabulated in the following pages:
3.1. Modified Fluent Meshing Text Commands
3.2. New Fluent Meshing Text Commands

3.1. Modified Fluent Meshing Text Commands


No changes for release 17.2.

3.2. New Fluent Meshing Text Commands


Text commands added in the latest release of Fluent Meshing appear in the following tables, grouped
according by menu.
Table 3.1: New Text Commands for the file/ Menu (p. 5)
Table 3.1: New Text Commands for the file/ Menu
Text Command
/file/load-act-tool

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