Volumetric meshes are a polygonal representation of the interior volume of an object. Unlike polygon meshes, which represent only the surface as polygons, volumetric meshes also discretize the interior structure of the object.
One application of volumetric meshes is in finite element analysis, which may use regular or irregular volumetric meshes to compute internal stresses and forces in an object throughout the entire volume of the object. 
Volume meshes may also be used for portal rendering.
- "Volume Mesh Generation for Numerical Flow Simulations using Catmull-Clark and Surface Approximation Methods" (PDF).
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