There are many additional benefits to being able to generate very high-quality, smoothed meshes from 3D image data. Mesh generation techniques have been integrated into software for calculating effective material properties from scanned samples, a method available in our Physics Modules. This is particularly useful for those working with scans of materials such as rock samples and fibre composites who want to quickly obtain statistics and the response of their sample to physics.
A smoothed mesh can be created from a cuboidal sample that does not over-estimate the surface of a model, and can be adaptively re-meshed without compromising volume and topology. Finite element calculations can then be run using generated meshes to obtain effective material properties, such as elasticity, permeability and stiffness. This represents a 'black box' approach, enabling rapid analysis and characterization of complex material samples.