Plot3D, CGNS and the Standardization of Data File Formats

Plot3D is a standard file format used for storing grid and results data in CFD simulations. This standardization of formats is a big plus for engineers, allowing them more choices in tailoring their solutions to a project.  Taking a page from another industry, where the belief that owning the format means owning the market—the cell phone industry still suffers from these proprietary practices, which, as we know, rarely work out […]

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CFD Software, Where Understanding Happens

A lot has changed in CFD software.   Over the past three to five years, commercial and government codes have proliferated; and engineers are the winners as the codes keep getting better and better. Today, engineers might use ANSYS CFX or FLUENT. Or they might opt for STAR-CCM or OpenFOAM. Or they may choose OVERFLOW-2 or Wind-US. Any one of these tools may be preferred for a different flow regime. The […]

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Our Unsteady Analysis Webinar, Some Q&A

December 2017 Update! Tecplot 360 2017 Release 3 supports LaTeX fonts » Without a little Q&A, a Webinar is worse than a lecture. It’s not long before you realize you’re just talking to yourself in front of a computer screen! Fortunately, part three of the Unsteady Analysis Webinar series had tons of Q’s and plenty of A’s. In it, two unsteady cases were visualized and analyzed in Tecplot 360, highlighting […]

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Making the Most of Your Time

Way back in 2005, we introduced support for transient data sets, greatly simplifying the workflow of visualizing transient data sets. However, there was one big catch: time information had to be available in your data files, and Tecplot 360 had to know how to read it. We added support for reading time information from several file formats (FLUENT, CGNS, Plot-3D, Tecplot, etc.), but files without time information or in a […]

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Data flexibility is key to helping engineers manage their work day

By Tom Chan I spend a good portion of my working day talking with CFD engineers—Tecplot users and non-users alike—about their post-processing visualization needs. Over the last six months, I’ve heard from a growing number of engineers who cite an urgent need for greater data flexibility in the tools they use. This shouldn’t be that surprising since most of the work that engineers do falls into four categories: analysis, problem […]

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Best Formats for Your Tecplot Images

By Steve Robinson Technical Support Specialist | Tecplot, Inc. In my technical support role here at Tecplot, Inc., I have learned that choosing the best plotting image formats may not be the highest priority for many scientists and engineers, but it definitely is considered important. After all, it would be a shame to spend all of that time carefully analyzing your results and making those plots oh-so-pretty only to have […]

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Building Tecplot Add-ons with CMake

Tecplot add-ons are a powerful way to customize and extend Tecplot’s capabilities. Unfortunately, building cross-platform add-ons can be a pain: there are two completely different methods of building (Visual Studio on Windows, “make” on other platforms), which means maintaining two separate build systems (Visual Studio project files and Makefiles). One solution to this problem is CMake, which allows you write a single set of cross-platform build files. Using CMake to […]

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