Originally Posted by Darren1o1
Sorry had heat transfer on the brain. I have found in practice that using a triangular mesh proximal to a complex shape, going, to quad gives the best result. Without knowing anything about the problem there is simply no way to argue for any case. I find the use of the help functions steers you well and gives good examples. If the OP would care to clarify the problem then I am sure we could be of help to them.
Rite will i'm trying to model simply supported 2m laminated timber beams, that have dowels inserted at angles through the laminates to joint them. So its a static structural problem. As it is a beam ie rectangular geometry, then i'm assuming a "square" mesh is more applicable than say a triangular one for most testing conditions.
The main reason i'm questioning the advise, is that largest mesh that the software applies is one with 48000 elements which takes the computer ages to solve(which is a pain when you have to run the solution a number of times changing parameters to get the rite solution). If i could use another mesh type the number of elements can be reduced ie an automatic method reduces it to 14000 elements.