[Fluent Inc. Logo] return to home search
next up previous contents index

32.7.3 Display/Vectors...

The Display/Vectors... menu item opens the Vectors panel.



Vectors Panel


The Vectors panel controls the display of vector plots. See Section  28.1.3 for details about the items below.

figure

Controls

Options   contains check buttons that set various display options.

Node Values   toggles between displaying vectors at node locations and at cell centers. This option is not available for vector plots.

Global Range   toggles between basing the minimum and maximum values on the range of values on the selected surfaces (off), and basing them on the range of values in the entire domain (on, the default).

Auto Range   toggles between automatic and manual setting of the range of scalar field values.

Clip to Range   controls the display of vectors that have a value outside the range specified by Min and Max. When on, no vectors are displayed outside the range. When off, vectors are displayed outside the range using the colors at the top and bottom of the color scale. This option is applicable only when Auto Range is off. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

Auto Scale   enables the scaling of all vectors in the domain such that when the Scale is 1, there will be minimal overlap of vectors.

Draw Grid   determines whether or not grids are displayed in the picture. The Grid Display panel is opened when Draw Grid is selected.

Style   selects the style in which the vectors are drawn. Available styles are cone, filled-arrow, arrow, harpoon, and headless.

Scale   sets the factor by which the vectors should be scaled. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

Skip   allows you to "thin'' or "sample'' the vectors that are displayed. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

Vector Options...   opens the Vector Options panel, in which you can set additional options for vector displays.

Custom Vectors...   opens the Custom Vectors panel, in which you can define your own vector fields.

Surface Name Pattern   specifies the pattern to look for in the names of surfaces. Type the pattern in the text field and click Match to select (or deselect) the zones in the Surfaces list with names that match the specified pattern. See Section  28.1.3 for information about matching additional characters using * and ?.

Vectors of   contains a list from which you can select the vector field to be plotted.

Color by   contains a list from which you can select the scalar field by which the vectors are colored.

Min   shows the value to which the lower end of the color scale is mapped. You can set this value manually if Auto Range is off.

Max   shows the value to which the upper end of the color scale is mapped. You can set this value manually if Auto Range is off.

Surfaces   contains a list from which you can select the surfaces on which to display vectors. In 2D, vectors are displayed on the entire domain if no surface is selected.

Surface Types   contains a selectable list of types of surfaces. If you select (or deselect) an item in this list, all surfaces of that type will be selected (or deselected) automatically in the Surfaces list.

Display   draws the vectors in the active graphics window.

Compute   calculates the scalar field and updates the Min and Max values (even when Auto Range is off).



Vector Options Panel


The Vector Options panel allows you to set additional parameters for vector displays. It is opened from the Vectors panel. See Section  28.1.3 for details about the items below.

figure

Controls

In Plane   toggles the display of vector components in the plane of the surface selected for display. This feature is useful for visualizing components that are normal to the flow. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

Fixed Length   enables the display of vectors that are all the same length. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

X, Y, Z Component   toggle the display of the Cartesian components of the vectors. See Section  28.1.3 for details.

Scale Head   controls the size of the arrowhead on vector styles that include heads.

Color   specifies a single color for the display of all vectors. See Section  28.1.3 for details.



Custom Vectors Panel


The Custom Vectors panel allows you to define custom vectors based on existing quantities. Any vectors that you define will be added to the Vectors of list in the Vectors panel. To open the Custom Vectors panel, click Custom Vectors... in the Vectors panel. See Section  28.1.3 for details about custom vectors.

figure

Controls

Vector Name   specifies the name of the vector you are defining. Should you decide to change the name after you have defined the vector, you can do so in the Vector Definitions panel, which you can open by clicking on the Manage... button.

X, Y, Z Component   specify the $x$, $y$, and $z$ components of the vector. Each drop-down list contains the available field functions.

Define   creates the vector and adds it to the Vectors of list in the Vectors panel.

Manage...   opens the Vector Definitions panel, which enables you to check, rename, save, load, and delete custom vectors.



Vector Definitions Panel


The Vector Definitions panel allows you to check, rename, save, load, and delete custom vectors that you defined in the Custom Vectors panel. See Section  28.1.3 for details about the items below.

figure

Controls

X, Y, Z Component   display the $x$, $y$, and $z$ components of the vector.

Vectors   contains a selectable list of custom vectors. When you select a vector, its components will appear in the X, Y, and Z Component fields, and its name will appear in the Name field.

Name   displays the name of the currently selected vector. You can enter a new name in this box if you want to rename the vector.

Rename   changes the name of the selected function to the name specified in the Name field.

Delete   deletes the selected vector.

Save...   opens the Select File dialog box, in which you can specify a file in which to save all of the custom vectors in the Vectors list.

Load...   opens the Select File dialog box, in which you can specify a file from which to read custom vectors (i.e., a file that you saved using the Save... button above).


next up previous contents index Previous: 32.7.2 Display/Contours...
Up: 32.7 Display Menu
Next: 32.7.4 Display/Pathlines...
© Fluent Inc. 2006-09-20