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Importance of element normals

  1. Jul 12, 2013 #1
    what is the importance of element normals in a FE mesh ?
    How does it matter if it is outward or inward in a FE solver ?
    I came across Visual Crash Pam software in which negative element ids would mean element normals in opposite direction. how would this affect the overall result of an analysis?

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  3. Jul 13, 2013 #2
    What kind of analysis you are doing??

    If you are analysing heat transfer problem, element normals are useful in defining the optical properties like emissivity
  4. Jul 13, 2013 #3
    it is a coupled analysis involving structural (explicit and implicit) and thermal analysis (implicit)
  5. Jul 16, 2013 #4
    If it is a thermal analysis & if you are considering radiation also, then element normals help you in defining optical properties.
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