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2669RE: [Tecplot_Talk] 3D particles

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  • Alter, Stephen J. (LARC-D305)
    Apr 18, 2008
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         The scatter layer is not needed for the particles. If you input the coordinates of the particles as a zone, then the scatter layer will show their positions, but the scatter symbols are not needed for the tracing of a streamtrace. Rather, streamtraces can be animated with dashed lines or other objects. While it is true that scatter symbols and streamtrace objects appear to have the same shape, that is where their similarity ends. Please do not confuse the scatter symbols from the streamtrace objects.


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      Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 10:10 AM
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      Hi Jure,

      I would suggest to use what Steve called spheres: Please activate the Scatter Layer
      on the left and use spheres as the symbol shape. If you want to have the particle size
      to change if you are zooming in please switch to perspective view, choose an angle of
      perhaps 30 degree and press the ALT key while zooming. If you like too, you could let
      the size of the particles depend from a variable. The ways of animating these particles
      depend on the data structure.

      Best regards,
      Jens Warkall

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      Betreff: RE: [Tecplot_Talk] 3D particles


      You can input the coordinates of the particles using a streamtrace, and plot their path with a line, or an object such as a sphere. Animating streamtraces then provides the movement over time. The zoom and panning is only accomplished with animation using a macro. It's fairly straight forward, but takes some time to determine the offsets to use. Of note are the macro commands to use:



      $!View Translate

      $!View Zoom

      $!View SetMagnification

      Combining these with $Export commands enables output to a file. Using this list enable rotation, translation, and zoom. You will also need to set up the timing of your particles with the $!StreamTraceAttributes, and modify the TimeAnchor for each successive time step. There used to be a way to determine the actual limit of time to step through, but I can't seem to remember what it is; it's been a long time since I've done this.

      Also note that if you have particles of mass, you can use the Analyzer of Tecplot to plot their trajectory with drag and quasi-mass loss. The quasi part is due to the flow not reacting to the addition of the mass, from the mass of the particle being reduced.

      Good luck.

      From: Tecplot_Talk@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Tecplot_Talk@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jure Ravnik
      Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 3:22 AM
      To: Tecplot_Talk@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Tecplot_Talk] 3D particles

      Hi all,

      I have (x,y,z) locations of particles in a domain and CFD results for the same domain.

      I'd like to plot particles as dots in a 3D plot in Tecplot 360. I'd also like to be able to zoom, pan, animate the particles.

      I used the "GEOMETRY" clause attached to zones of the CFD results for a 2D case, but this does not work for 3D.

      Thank you for your help,


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