PLASIMO uses structured meshes for discretizing the equations. The mesh can be equidistant or stretched. The supported coordinate systems in PLASIMO are:
- Cartesian – 1, 2, 3D
- Cylindrical – 1, 2, 3D
- Spherical – 1, 2, 3D
- Prolate-Spheroidal – 3D
- User-Defined – 2, 3D
Apart from the usual \((r,z)\) cylindrical grid with azimuthal symmetry, PLASIMO provides \((r,\phi)\) cylindrical grid with symmetry coordinate \(z\).
3D spherical coordinates. The figure shows the simulations planes in the three directions.
Prolate spheroidal coordinates
The prolate spheroidal coordinates are useful for modeling of pin-to-plate electrode configuration or tip-to-tip configuration. More information about the definition can be found in Wikipedia: Prolate-spheroidal-coordinates.
In case the appropriate coordinate system is not predefined in PLASIMO, PLASIMO gives the option any coordinate system to be defined by specifying the parametric functions \(x, y\) and \(z\) for the coordinates and \(L_1, L_2\) and \(L_3\) for the scale factors. The screenshot below shows a specification of user-defined bipolar coordinates (Bipolar).
Examples of user-defined coordinate systems:
Ortho-curvilinear coordinate systems
PLASIMO uses ortho-curvilinear (OCL) coordinate systems. OCL are characterized by curved coordinate lines with the property that at locally the two coordinate lines intersect perpendicularly. The location of the grid points of an OCL grid are determined by the boundary prescription. The boundary curves are specified by their parametric functions.