Visualization software for dynamic fluids: A visual treat!

Numbers are important. But you know what else is important? Being able to visualize those numbers. And the marriage of the two is what engineering is all about. Engineers are no different from the rest of us, after all. They, too, learn and communicate best through visual presentations. And so, a treat for your eyes today: Here are just some examples of the types of visualizations engineers and others create […]

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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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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 to write a single set of cross-platform build files. Using CMake […]

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