At CITA we have a continued interest in material behavior and performance as it can inform the design process. For a current project we are examining incrementally formed steel and the relationship between its geometry and structural/physical properties. So we are developing a set of instruments to help us interpret and visualize various numerical methods used to calculate axial strains and thickness, and are deploying an adaptive multi-resolution mesh to enhance this operation. From a coarse sampling grid, the quad mesh locally subdivides in order to more accurately describe finely detailed geometric features while allowing for lower resolution descriptions of less varied portions of the model.
Quad-based remeshing for geometry adaptation and numerical analysis (click to enlarge)