MeshQuality

VTKExamples/Cxx/PolyData/MeshQuality


Description

This example uses one of many selectable methods to determine the quality of a mesh. In this case, we have selected to use the area of the triangles. We show how to retrieve the quality metric computed on each triangle after the process is completed.

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See (Java)

Code

MeshQuality.cxx

#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPointData.h>
#include <vtkCellData.h>
#include <vtkDoubleArray.h>
#include <vtkDataSet.h>
#include <vtkMeshQuality.h>
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkSphereSource.h>
#include <vtkTriangleFilter.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkSphereSource> sphereSource =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkSphereSource>::New();
  sphereSource->Update();

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkTriangleFilter> triangleFilter =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkTriangleFilter>::New();
  triangleFilter->SetInputConnection(sphereSource->GetOutputPort());
  triangleFilter->Update();

  vtkPolyData* mesh = triangleFilter->GetOutput();
  std::cout << "There are " << mesh->GetNumberOfCells() << " cells." << std::endl;

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkMeshQuality> qualityFilter =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkMeshQuality>::New();
  qualityFilter->SetInputData(mesh);
  qualityFilter->SetTriangleQualityMeasureToArea();
  qualityFilter->Update();

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkDoubleArray> qualityArray =
    dynamic_cast<vtkDoubleArray*>(qualityFilter->GetOutput()->GetCellData()->GetArray("Quality"));

  std::cout << "There are " << qualityArray->GetNumberOfTuples() << " values." << std::endl;

  for(vtkIdType i = 0; i < qualityArray->GetNumberOfTuples(); i++)
  {
    double val = qualityArray->GetValue(i);
    std::cout << "value " << i << " : " << val << std::endl;
  }

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData> polydata =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData>::New();
  polydata->ShallowCopy(qualityFilter->GetOutput());

  // Visualize
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputData(polydata);
  mapper->SetScalarRange(polydata->GetScalarRange());

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(.3, .6, .3); // Background color green

  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.3 FATAL_ERROR)

project(MeshQuality)

find_package(VTK COMPONENTS 
  vtkCommonCore
  vtkCommonDataModel
  vtkFiltersCore
  vtkFiltersSources
  vtkFiltersVerdict
  vtkInteractionStyle
  vtkRenderingContextOpenGL2
  vtkRenderingCore
  vtkRenderingFreeType
  vtkRenderingGL2PSOpenGL2
  vtkRenderingOpenGL2 QUIET)
if (NOT VTK_FOUND)
  message("Skipping MeshQuality: ${VTK_NOT_FOUND_MESSAGE}")
  return ()
endif()
message (STATUS "VTK_VERSION: ${VTK_VERSION}")
if (VTK_VERSION VERSION_LESS "8.90.0")
  # old system
  include(${VTK_USE_FILE})
  add_executable(MeshQuality MACOSX_BUNDLE MeshQuality.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(MeshQuality PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else ()
  # include all components
  add_executable(MeshQuality MACOSX_BUNDLE MeshQuality.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(MeshQuality PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
  # vtk_module_autoinit is needed
  vtk_module_autoinit(
    TARGETS MeshQuality
    MODULES ${VTK_LIBRARIES}
    )
endif () 

Download and Build MeshQuality

Click here to download MeshQuality and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball MeshQuality.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd MeshQuality/build 

If VTK is installed:

cmake ..

If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:

cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./MeshQuality

WINDOWS USERS

Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.