Detect Leaks

Use the Enclosure: Leak Check tool to detect leaks in your model before enclosing.

When you have to enclose parts, it is important to first check for leaks to avoid any unnecessary regions being captured in the enclosure process. Leaks are found by tracing available paths between enclosed seed nodes and target nodes through gaps bigger than a given leak search size.

  1. From the Discrete ribbon, click the Enclosure > Leak Check tool.
    Figure 1.

    Note: This tool is also available on the Geometry ribbon under the Edit tools pull-down.
  2. Select the parts to be checked for leaks.
  3. Optional: Click on the guide bar to define seed radius.
  4. Select enclosed seed nodes.
    Click on geometry to place a node then click on the node itself to reposition it inside of the selected part(s).

    Enclosed nodes should be completely inside the enclosure of interest.

  5. Select target seed nodes.
    Target nodes should be positioned in space outside of the selected part(s) and along known leak areas.

    You can select multiple target points to find multiple paths.

  6. Set the leak search size in the microdialog.
    Any gaps bigger than search size will be flagged.
  7. Click Check.

Once leaks are found, review the paths and close the leaks using the Cap > Holes tool or the Surfaces > Patch tool.

The leak path is stored in a part called "_leak path". You can delete it once you are done.