POLYLLA: polygonal meshing algorithm based on terminal-edge regions

POLYLLA: polygonal meshing algorithm based on terminal-edge regions

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Engineering with Computers
Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 4545-4567, 2022

S. Salinas-Fernández, Nancy Hitschfeld-Kahler, A. Ortiz-Bernardin, Hang Si


This paper presents an algorithm to generate a new kind of polygonal mesh obtained from triangulations. Each polygon is built from a terminal-edge region surrounded by edges that are not the longest-edge of any of the two triangles that share them. The algorithm is termed Polylla and is divided into three phases. The first phase consists of labeling each edge of the input triangulation according to its size; the second phase builds polygons (simple or not) from terminal-edges regions using the label system; and the third phase transforms each non simple polygon into simple ones. The final mesh contains polygons with convex and non convex shape. Since Voronoi-based meshes are currently the most used polygonal meshes, we compare some geometric properties of our meshes against constrained Voronoi meshes. Several experiments were run to compare the shape and size of polygons, the number of final mesh points and polygons. For the same input, Polylla meshes contain less polygons than Voronoi meshes and the algorithm is simpler and faster than the algorithm to generate constrained Voronoi meshes. Finally, we have validated Polylla meshes by solving the Laplace equation on an L-shaped domain using the virtual element method (VEM). We show that the numerical performance of the VEM using Polylla meshes and Voronoi meshes is similar.


Original Journal Article (Open Access):  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00366-022-01643-4

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