Animation of gasifier simulation. Physics from CPFD Barracuda is based off from discrete particle continuum. Here, the volume fraction of the particles within the gasifier stage are shown. Analysis and post processing done with EnSight.
Examples of what you can produce with EnSight
Convergent Science shared with us this excellent model of a valve showing transient flow properties as the valve opens. We visualized the data in EnSight using our Volume Rendering feature. As you can see Volume rendering gives you a holistic view of the data in a qualitative though not quantitative way.
A longer movie was also made of the same scene with additional EnSight features like clip planes, plotted data that provide more quantitative details about the flow.
More Information on Volume Rendering.
If you want to learn how to use Volume Rendering. Watch this tutorial.
How to post process Flow-3D data using EnSight is covered in a few short which can be found here. More tutorials here.
A very nice movie was made by Aric Meyer over at CEI China (http://ensight.com.cn) of Flow-3D data of a ship plowing through the sea. This is indeed a CFD post processing animation, created by EnSight, not created by some Hollywood special effects software. The model was created by XC Engineering of Italy, again using Flow-3D from Flow Science.
Aric Meyer over at CEI China told us how he accomplished this cool effect.
“I was working on some demos for a ship prospect using the data from Flow3D and XC Engineering. At one point I happened to make the scene look like “bioluminescent dinoflagillates” which glow when they are disturbed. If you’ve seen the movie “Life of Pi” there was a scene with the same or similar phenomenon in the scene when the whale jumps out of the water. Maybe not useful for most engineering, but it looks cool. The effect is made by using a texture set to ‘modulate’ and the water surface is colored by turbulent KE, which is white for high values and black/grey for low values.”
Related Flow-3D CFD Post Processing News
Flow Science has selected EnSight as their technology partner for future CFD post processing developments, after comparing all the CFD post-processing products in the market.
You can also use textures in EnLiten files. Sample EnLiten file using textures found here.
Wind farm data from CSI, makers of Converge visualized using EnSight.
We used texture maps to make the terrain look like rolling grasslands, clip planes to show the velocity in a fixed altitude plane, and if you look carefully you can see the mesh adapting to moving blades as well as to greater or lower variable gradients. There’s a 2nd viewport showing the pathlines of the flow.
We liked that, but thought we’d go a little deeper and use a more advanced technique. What if we changed the clip transparency to be nearly invisible for low speed flow and more opaque when things go interesting. This particular animation, the clip plane’s opacity is changed dynamically through the velocity variable so that regions of high velocity are opaque, and regions of low velocity are translucent. The alternative view shows streamlines seeded from the turbine blade.
In this particular visualization, the clip plane in the main view is colored with velocity and the the engineer can inspect the changing grid resolution in response to the flowfield gradients. In the alternative view, inspection of turbulent kinetic engery isosurfaces can help yield information regarding the influence of the various large obstacles in the field (hills, towers, etc) which are generating additional turbulence.
EnSight is useful for looking at this kind of data. We could have gone further and done a keyframe animation fly-through as well, but that would have probably looked like showing off. (keyframe animated Converge model available here).
Converge data is almost perfect for EnSight, its CFD, its transient, and Converge’s moving parts and adapting mesh and growing model sizes are no problem for EnSight. EnSight 10.1 introduced native polyhedral element support.
Want to see more models solved with Converge and post-processed using EnSight, visit the Converge page in our video gallery.
P.S – if you make CFD data, for example you have a CFD solver that outputs data in a form EnSight can read and want to send an interesting dataset like CSI did, we’d like that.
We’ve noticed a surge in interest in EnSight for visualizing flooding and other groundwater control simulations.
Yes, we do have translation routines for both River-FLO, FLO-2D, MIKE21_FM, and MIKE21_Classic formats. These translation routines to convert these formats into EnSight Case Format, which can then be read into and visualized with EnSight.
Summary of the different translation routines on our Python Exchange Website:
You can find details about the different translation routines, some examples of aerial photo application onto the model, special time annotations, as well as a video tutorial showing one of the translation routines in action, as well as some of the fundamental benefits of utilizing EnSight for visualization of these types of river & flood tools.
You can also find on our gallery website some of the animations and engineering quantification of River & Flood simulation results using EnSight:
Are you involved with River and Flooding simulations? Are there specific aspects to the simulation that you are trying to capture and illustrate? We’d like to hear more about this type of work and see where EnSight can help you analyze, visualize, and communicate those results.