Continuous Mesh Model and Well-Posed Continuous Interpolation Error Estimation

Abstract : In the context of mesh adaptation, Riemannian metric spaces have been used to prescribe orientation, density and stretching of anisotropic meshes. Such structures are used to compute lengths in adaptive mesh generators. In this report, a Riemannian metric space is shown to be more than a way to compute a distance. It is proven to be a reliable continuous mesh model. In particular, we demonstrate that the linear interpolation error can be derived continuously for a continuous mesh. In its tangent space, a Riemannian metric space reduces to a constant metric tensor so that it simply spans a metric space. Metric tensors are then used to continuously model discrete elements. On this basis, geometric invariants have been extracted. They connect a metric tensor to the set of all the discrete elements which can be represented by this metric. As the behavior of a Riemannian metric space is obtained by patching together the behavior of each of its tangent spaces, the global mesh model arises from gathering together continuous element models. We complete the continuous-discrete analogy by providing a continuous interpolation error estimate and a well-posed definition of the continuous linear interpolate. The later is based on an exact relation connecting the discrete error to the continuous one. From one hand, this new continuous framework freed the analysis of the topological mesh constraints. On the other hand, powerful mathematical tools are available and well defined on the space of continuous meshes: calculus of variations, differentiation, optimization, ..., whereas these tools are not defined on the space of discrete meshes.
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[Research Report] RR-6846, INRIA. 2009, 54 p
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Adrien Loseille, Frédéric Alauzet. Continuous Mesh Model and Well-Posed Continuous Interpolation Error Estimation. [Research Report] RR-6846, INRIA. 2009, 54 p. 〈inria-00370235〉

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