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splitting a shape into triangles

Asked by Nasser Ramsis on 21 Dec 2016
Latest activity Commented on by José-Luis
on 21 Dec 2016
I'm writing a code to optimize some dimensions for a wing i'm designing. As part of the code i need to split up a 2D airfoil into triangles. I used a Delaunay triangulation and all the points are connected to 1 point. This is the code segment so far:
chord = 0.25;
nacanum = 12;
t = nacanum/100;
distratio = x/chord;
yt = 5*t*(0.2969*sqrt(distratio)-0.126*distratio-0.3516*distratio.^2+0.2843*distratio.^3-0.1015*distratio.^4);
using delaunay and delaunay triangulation seem to plot the same figure but they appear somewhat different in the workspace can anyone explain what the difference is?
Also, all the points are connected to an origin point (1)
how can i change that? as in I want it to create the triangles side by side sharing only 1 or 2 points as opposed to all the triangles sharing an origin point. ( i hope that makes sense)
Thanks in advance


on 21 Dec 2016
at and tr are exactly the same. Note that this is by no means a guarantee since the results of a Delaunay triangulation might not be unique. What happens is that you are overwriting your plot. Try hold on, subplot() or an altogether different figure.
I realized the delaunay functions just number the points and connect them (i think). so i wrote this segment to create the same numbering but it wont plot.
for i=1:1:length(x)
for j= 1:1:3
tr(i,j)= i-1;
for i=1:1:length(x)
on 21 Dec 2016
I don't understand. What are you trying to accomplish here? Did you try what KSSV suggests?

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Answer by KSSV
on 21 Dec 2016

There is no difference between the two, they differ only in the way how the output is. Both of them creates nodal connectivity matrices and coordinates similar. In order to mesh your wing I suggest you to go through the following file exchange, which gives extra ordinary unstructured meshing.


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