Display of properties and results
Because all postprocessing functionality is available even when no
simulation has been done yet, several plot options are available to verify the correctness of the
model. Any combination of shaded contour plots with vector plots and numerical labels can be
Shaded plots can be combined with line contours and vector plots and mix them with display of
all properties mentioned earlier. Actually, having calculation results only increases the plotting
options you can select from.
Shaded contour plots.
In shaded contour plots, properties or results are visualised by using different colours to draw the surfaces where colours correspond to a range of values. Four palette types are available, with a palette size in the range of 2 to 256 different colours. The direction of the light and reflective properties of the surface are taken into account in shaded plots to ensure that the 3D shape of the part stays clearly visible. You can choose to display the following properties:
When a simulation has been run, the following results can also be displayed in a shaded contour plot (the list with selections will contain those items when available):
Line contour plots
An alternative way to display results is plotting lines for a limited set of values, like isobars for the pressure. You can use a single colour to display the lines, or use a colour palette similar to the colours used in shaded plots. Line contour plots are available for:
Line contour plots can be used in combination with shaded plots to display results together
with properties to aid in the interpretation of the simulation. You can also use contour lines to
enhance shaded plots by displaying the same property or result as both a shaded and contour line
plot with an equal number of colours.
Properties and results that not only have a magnitude but also a direction are best visualised using arrows, or rods (permeability). You can view the following properties as a vector plot:
When a simulation calculation has been run and results are available you can also display:
This plot shows a combination of a vector plot of the resin velocity, which clearly shows how the resin flows with a shaded plot of the fibre/volume fraction and a contour plot of the filling time. Fibre/volume fraction is important to understand 'strange' differences in velocity. The filling pattern is a result of a history of velocity fields for the resin flow.
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