Propagating Distribution

This task shows you how to propagate an existing node distribution to a specified support.

You cannot propagate a node distribution to a support that has already a distribution.

  1. Click Distribution Propagation in the Local Specifications toolbar.

    The Distribution Propagation dialog box appears.

    • Support: lets you select the edge on which you want to propagate the node distribution.
      Multi-selection is available except for non-manifold configurations (for example: multi-selection is not available in the case of a T-configuration).
    • Sources: lets you select the distribution you want to propagate.
      Multi-selection is available for connected and manifold configurations.
      You can select as Sources distribution:
    • Mode:
      • Proportional: lets you preserve the relative distance between nodes:

      • Normal: keeps the source-target vector direction normal to the target support:

      • Directional: keeps the source-target vector direction parallel to a given direction:

        • Axis: lets you specify the axis that gives the direction of the propagation (only available if you selected Directional as Mode option).

    If the domain is a squared containing four corners, you can select the domain, then the Support and Sources fields will be automatically updated.

  2. Select the Support.

    In this particular example, select six edges in sequence as shown below:

  3. Activate the Sources field.

    To do this, select the Sources edit box as shown below:

  4. Select the Sources.

    In this particular example, select four edges in sequence as shown below:

  5. Select the desired Mode option.

    In this particular example, select the Proportional distribution Mode:

    The distribution appears on the selected supports:

  6. Select the Normal distribution Mode.

  7. Click OK.

    A Mesh Specifications.1 set containing the Elements Propagation.1 specification appears in the specification tree under the Surface Mesh.1 mesh part.

    The distribution appears as shown below: