# hexVol

Below is a demonstration of the features of the hexVol function

## Contents

```clear; close all; clc;
```

## Syntax

[VE,L]=hexVol(E,V);

## Description

This function computes hexahedral element volumes. The input is the element description (E) and the nodes (V). The output is the element volumes (always positive) and a logic denoting wheter the element appears to be valid (1) or inverted (0).

## Example: Computing the volume of hexahedral elements

Create example geometry

```%Creating a single hexahedron
X=[-1;  1; 1; -1; -1;  1; 1; -1;];
Y=[-1; -1; 1;  1; -1; -1; 1;  1;];
Z=[-1; -1;-1; -1;  1;  1; 1;  1;];
Vh=[X(:) Y(:) Z(:)];
Eh=1:8; %The hexahedral element

%Subdevided into 8 smaller elements
[E,V]=subHex(Eh,Vh,1);

%Create faces data for plotting
[F,C]=element2patch(E);
```

Computing the volume

```[VE,logicValid]=hexVol(E,V)
```
```VE =

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

logicValid =

8×1 logical array

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

```

The summed volume should be 8 for this cube

```sum(VE)
```
```ans =

8

```

## Visualize mesh and face normals

```cFigure; hold on;
gpatch(F,V,'kw','k',0.5);
patchNormPlot(F,V);
axisGeom;
drawnow;
``` Volumes are always positive but inverted elements have a 0 in the inverted logic. In the example below the first element is inverted which changes the logic to return a 0 for this element.

```E_inverted=E;
E_inverted(1,:)=E_inverted(1,[5:8 1:4]);
[VE,logicValid]=hexVol(E_inverted,V)
```
```VE =

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

logicValid =

8×1 logical array

0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

``` GIBBON www.gibboncode.org

Kevin Mattheus Moerman, [email protected]

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