Mesh optimization/smoothing

## Project description

Triangular mesh optimization.

Several mesh smoothing/optimization methods with one simple interface. optimesh

- is fast,
- preserves submeshes,
- only works for triangular meshes, flat and on a surface, (for now; upvote this issue if you're interested in tetrahedral mesh smoothing), and
- supports all mesh formats that meshio can handle.

Install with

```
pip install optimesh
```

Example call:

```
optimesh in.e out.vtk
```

Output:

The left hand-side graph shows the distribution of angles (the grid line is at the optimal 60 degrees). The right hand-side graph shows the distribution of simplex quality, where quality is twice the ratio of circumcircle and incircle radius.

All command-line options are documented at

```
optimesh -h
```

### Showcase

The following examples show the various algorithms at work, all starting from the same randomly generated disk mesh above. The cell coloring indicates quality; dark green is bad, yellow is good.

#### CVT (centroidal Voronoi tesselation)

uniform-density relaxed Lloyd's algorithm (`--method lloyd --omega 2.0` ) |
uniform-density quasi-Newton iteration (block-diagonal Hessian, `--method cvt-block-diagonal` ) |
uniform-density quasi-Newton iteration (default method, full Hessian, `--method cvt-full` ) |

Centroidal Voronoi tessellation smoothing (Du et al.) is one of the oldest and most reliable approaches. optimesh provides classical Lloyd smoothing as well as several variants that result in better meshes.

#### CPT (centroidal patch tesselation)

density-preserving linear solve (Laplacian smoothing, `--method cpt-linear-solve` ) |
uniform-density fixed-point iteration (`--method cpt-fixed-point` ) |
uniform-density quasi-Newton (`--method cpt-quasi-newton` ) |

A smoothing method suggested by Chen and Holst, mimicking CVT but much more easily implemented. The density-preserving variant leads to the exact same equation system as Laplacian smoothing, so CPT smoothing can be thought of as a generalization.

The uniform-density variants are implemented classically as a fixed-point iteration and as a quasi-Newton method. The latter typically converges faster.

#### ODT (optimal Delaunay tesselation)

density-preserving fixed-point iteration (`--method odt-dp-fp` ) |
uniform-density fixed-point iteration (`--method odt-fixed-point` ) |
uniform-density BFGS (`--method odt-bfgs` ) |

Optimal Delaunay Triangulation (ODT) as suggested by Chen and Holst. Typically superior to CPT, but also more expensive to compute.

Implemented once classically as a fixed-point iteration, once as a nonlinear optimization method. The latter typically leads to better results.

### Using optimesh from Python

You can also use optimesh in a Python program. Try

import optimesh # [...] create points, cells [...] points, cells = optimesh.optimize_points_cells( points, cells, "CVT (block-diagonal)", 1.0e-5, 100 ) # or create a meshplex Mesh import meshplex mesh = meshplex.MeshTri(points, cells) optimesh.optimize(mesh, "CVT (block-diagonal)", 1.0e-5, 100) # mesh.points, mesh.cells, ...

If you only want to do one optimization step, do

points = optimesh.get_new_points(mesh, "CVT (block-diagonal)")

### Surface mesh smoothing

optimesh also supports optimization of triangular meshes on surfaces which are defined implicitly by a level set function (e.g., spheres). You'll need to specify the function and its gradient, so you'll have to do it in Python:

import meshzoo import optimesh points, cells = meshzoo.tetra_sphere(20) class Sphere: def f(self, x): return 1.0 - (x[0] ** 2 + x[1] ** 2 + x[2] ** 2) def grad(self, x): return -2 * x # You can use all methods in optimesh: # points, cells = optimesh.cpt.fixed_point_uniform( # points, cells = optimesh.odt.fixed_point_uniform( points, cells = optimesh.optimize_points_cells( points, cells, "CVT (full)", 1.0e-2, 100, verbose=False, implicit_surface=Sphere(), # step_filename_format="out{:03d}.vtk" )

This code first generates a mediocre mesh on a sphere using meshzoo,

and then optimizes. Some results:

CPT | ODT | CVT (full Hessian) |

### Which method is best?

From practical experiments, it seems that the CVT smoothing variants, e.g.,

```
optimesh in.vtk out.vtk -m cvt-uniform-qnf
```

give very satisfactory results. (This is also the default method, so you don't need to specify it explicitly.) Here is a comparison of all uniform-density methods applied to the random circle mesh seen above:

(Mesh quality is twice the ratio of incircle and circumcircle radius, with the maximum being 1.)

### Why optimize?

Gmsh mesh | Gmsh mesh after optimesh | dmsh mesh |

Let us compare the properties of the Poisson problem (*Δu = f* with Dirichlet boundary
conditions) when solved on different meshes of the unit circle. The first mesh is the
on generated by Gmsh, the second the same mesh but optimized with
optimesh, the third a very high-quality dmsh mesh.

We consider meshings of the circle with an increasing number of points:

average cell quality | condition number of the Poisson matrix | number of CG steps for Poisson problem |

Quite clearly, the dmsh generator produces the highest-quality meshes (left).
The condition number of the corresponding Poisson matrices is lowest for the high
quality meshes (middle); one would hence suspect faster convergence with Krylov methods.
Indeed, most CG iterations are necessary on the Gmsh mesh (right). After optimesh, one saves
between 10 and 20 percent of iterations/computing time. The dmsh mesh cuts the number of
iterations in *half*.

### Access from Python

All optimesh functions can also be accessed from Python directly, for example:

import optimesh X, cells = optimesh.odt.fixed_point_uniform(X, cells, 1.0e-2, 100, verbose=False)

### Installation

optimesh is available from the Python Package Index, so simply do

```
pip install optimesh
```

to install.

### Relevant publications

### Testing

To run the optimesh unit tests, check out this repository and type

```
pytest
```

### License

This software is published under the GPLv3 license.

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