Getting Started with Tecplot 360

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Step 1: Collecting Your Training Resources

Step 2: Loading Your Data

Loading Your Data

Tecplot 360 Supports the Following Data Formats

  • CFD Formats: ANSYS, CFX, CGNS, Ensight, FLUENT (.cas, .dat), FLOW-3D, HDF5, OpenFOAM, PLOT3D, Tecplot (.szplt, .plt), TRIX, VTK (.vtu, .vtm)
  • Data Formats: Comma- or space-deliminted ASCII, Excel (Windows only), HDF
  • FEA Formats: ABAQUS, ANSYS, FIDAP Neutral, LSTC/DYNA input file, LSTC/DYNA, MSC/NASTRAN, MSC/Patran, PTC/Mechanica, SDRC/IDEAS universal, 3D Systems STL

Working with Tecplot File Types (Videos)

Step 3: Exploring Your Data

The four video series below walk you through how to work with key features and data files. Similar step-by-step tutorial instructions are written up in our PDF Getting Started Guide.

External Flow Series

The External Flow series covers loading data, producing a basic plot, slicing, streamtraces, iso-surfaces, probing, and comparing simulated and experimental data, including normalizing the data. These videos use data from the Onera M6 wing model. The five videos in the series include:

  • Loading and Manipulating Data
  • Exploring a CFD Solution
  • Comparing a CFD Simulation with Experimental Data
  • Automation and Macros
  • CFD Analyzer and Variable Calculation

Transient Data Series

The Transient Data series uses a wind turbine data set with 127 time steps to understand how transient (time-based) data is structured. The five videos cover how to produce animated contour plots, extract data over time for analysis, and calculate additional variables.

  • Introduction to Transient Data
  • Understanding Transient Data Through Extractions
  • Fourier Transforms
  • Calculating Variables and Using Contour Color Cutoff
  • Frame Linking

Comparing Grids Series

The Comparing Grids series walks through comparing different datasets with the same grid in both Tecplot 360 and Tecplot Chorus. The third video compares two data sets with differing meshes. Video titles include:

  • Comparing Grids in Tecplot 360
  • Comparing Grids in Tecplot Chorus
  • Interpolation of Differing Meshes

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Series

This video series uses a transient FEA dataset of a connecting rod created with LSDYNA. The series shows progressive techniques for visualizing the maximum Von Mises Stress of the rotating rod. Video titles include:

  • Identifying Regions of Maximum Stress
  • Data Alter using IF Conditions
  • Extracting Maximum Stress Using Macros

Step 4: Extending Your Knowledge

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