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The easiest way to call Netgen from Python

Project description

ngsimple: The easiest way to call Netgen from Python


Suppose you wanted to use Netgen in a Python script to generate tetrahedral meshes but did not want to spend time installing the entire Netgen/NGSolve package which ships with it's own Python interpreter. This is a simple wrapper for running Netgen mesh generator inside a container and functions for calling it transparently from any Python interpreter.

This is work-in-progress. Currently using the following container: In future, plan is to use a dedicated more lightweight container.


Install with

pip install ngsimple

ngsimple requires Docker and docker-py for pulling container images and interacting with the mesh generator. The output mesh is read back to Python using meshio.


The examples demonstrate how ngsimple can be coupled with external packages.

Visualize with vedo

from ngsimple import generate

mesh = generate("""

solid main = sphere (0, 0, 0; 1);

tlo main;
point (0, 0, 0);

from vedo import show


Netgen output mesh

Load to scikit-fem and draw

from ngsimple import generate
from import from_meshio
from skfem.visuals.matplotlib import draw, show

m = from_meshio(generate("""algebraic3d

solid cyls = cylinder ( -100, 0, 0; 200, 0, 0; 40 )
          or cylinder ( 100, -100, 100; 100, 200, 100; 40)
          or cylinder ( 0, 100, -100; 0, 100, 200; 40);
solid sculpture = sphere (50, 50, 50; 80) and not cyls
        and not sphere (50, 50, 50; 50);

tlo sculpture -col=[0.5, 0.5, 0.5];"""))



Load to pyfvm and solve Poisson equation

Snippet adapted from pyfvm example. (GPLv3 license).

from ngsimple import generate
import pyfvm
from pyfvm.form_language import *
import meshzoo
from scipy.sparse import linalg
import meshplex

class Poisson(object):
    def apply(self, u):
        return integrate(lambda x: -n_dot_grad(u(x)), dS) \
             - integrate(lambda x: 1.0, dV)

    def dirichlet(self, u):
        return [(lambda x: u(x) - 0.0, Boundary())]

mesh = generate("""algebraic3d

solid tor = torus ( 0, 0, 0; 1, 0, 0; 2 ; 1 );

tlo tor;""")

mesh = meshplex.MeshTetra(mesh.points, mesh.get_cells_type("tetra"))

matrix, rhs = pyfvm.discretize_linear(Poisson(), mesh)

u = linalg.spsolve(matrix, rhs)

mesh.write('out.vtk', point_data={'u': u})


See Netgen tutorials for more information on the format expected by generate.

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