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The methods described in section MESH do not take into account information about
polyhedral cells contained in a MESH object. Indeed, in the MEDMEM library, the connectivity data for these elements are stored the same way as connectivity of standard elements. Therefore, the methods that give access to this data are same as those of section MESH.
The polygon and the polyhedra case differ in nature, because in 3D, the list of nodes is not sufficient to described the shape of an element. A descending cell>face>nodes connectivity has to be established to fully describe the elements.
Let us consider the case illustrated in figure fig_polygon_connectivity .
For polyhedra, in the nodal connectivity case, list of nodes does not suffice to describe a general polyhedron; information of connectivity of each face is needed. A general polyhedron is therefore described by a list of nodes of all faces with -1 as separator between faces.
Let us consider an example with the two tetrahedra represented on figure fig_polyhedron_connectivity , the left one being stored as a
MED_TETRA4 element, the right one being stored as a
If there are two
MED_POLYHEDRA elements that share a common face, the list of nodes is repeated twice in the polyhedron connectivity array but with reversed order.
The following example illustrates the creation method for a mesh that contains polygons and/or polyhedra :