CFD data formats supported by Ensight
The table below lists the CFD data interfaces in EnSight (including EnSight Free).
For a table showing both CFD and non-CFD interfaces see here.
Type 1 — Included Readers
Type 2 — Not Included User-Defined Readers
Type 3 — Stand-Alone Translators
Type 4 — EnSight Format
|ADINA CFD||4||Exports EnSight Case format||CFD|
|ACUSOLVE||2||Contact vendor for information||CFD|
|Airpak||1,3,4||Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile format||CFD|
|AVUS||1,4||See the knowledge base.||CFD|
|Barracuda||4||Exports EnSight Case||CFD|
|Caedium||4||Exports EnSight Case||CFD|
|CFD++||4||Exports EnSight Case format||CFD|
|CFD-ACE+||3||Use Free CFD-Toolkit under UTILS directory of CFD-ACE+ to convert DTF to EnSight Gold format||CFD|
|CFD-FASTRAN||3||Use Free CFD-Toolkit under UTILS directory of CFD-FASTRAN to convert DTF to EnSight Gold format||CFD|
|CFDESIGN||1||Uses Tecplot files and readers||CFD|
|CFX||1,3,4||1. Direct reader for CFX5, CFX10 and CFX11, etc.|
2. CFX can export EnSight Case Format
3. Direct reader for CFX4, see Knowledge Base
|CFX - TASCflow||3||Converts TASCflow output to EnSight format (or use Plot3Dconverter from vendor).||CFD|
|CGNS||1||User reader. There is a new CGNS 3.1 reader as of Q4 2011.||CFD|
|Cobalt||1,4||User defined reader (see AVUS)||CFD|
|Converge||4||Exports EnSight Case||CFD, Combustion|
|CRAFT||4||Exports EnSight Case Gold format||CFD|
|CRUNCH||4||Exports EnSight Case Gold format||CFD|
|ED-Designer||4||Exports EnSight Case format||CFD|
|EDEM||4||Exports EnSight Case format||Particle|
|ESTET||1||Direct internal reader||CFD|
|FAST Unstructured||1||Direct reader for NASA FAST unstructured format||CFD|
|FDS||4||Code exports PLOT3D format (www.fire.nist.gov/fds) |
See tutorial for loading FDS data into EnSight.
PDF document explaining how to run FDS to export data so that EnSight can read it, and basics of using EnSight on the FDS data.
|FEFLO||3||Contact vendor for information||Reservoir|
|FIDAP||1||Direct reader for FIDAP neutral (FDNEUT) files||CFD|
|FINE/Open& FINE/Hexa||4||Numeca's FINE/Open ( FINE/Hexa) now exporting EnSight Case Gold format. Other FINE/products use Plot3D or CGNS files/reader.||CFD|
|FIRE||4||Code exports EnSight format||CFD|
|FLD||1||Direct reader for SC/Tetra, scSTREAM, Heat Designer products from Software Cradle (EnSight 10)||CFD|
|FloEFD||4||Code exports EnSight format if you have licensed efd2ensight. Details||CFD|
|Flow-3D Cast||1||User-defined reader for FLOW-3D results (flsgrf) files||CFD, Casting|
|Flow-3D||1||User-defined reader for FLOW-3D results (flsgrf) files. |
How is EnSight uniquely suited to Flow-3D data?
|Fluent||1,3,4||Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile format||CFD|
|Forte||1, 4||Forte has a direct reader (see Reaction Design for this) and an export to EnSight format.||CFD, Combustion|
|GASP||4||Exports EnSight Case format||CFD|
|GUST||4||Exports EnSight Case format||CFD|
|HEAT Designer||1||See "FLD" direct reader||CFD|
|Icepak||1,3,4||Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile format||CFD|
|Karalit||4||Exports Case Gold Format||CFD|
|KIVA-3||2,3,4||See Knowledge Base||CFD, Combustion|
|KIVA-4||4||Modified fulout.f to export EnSight 5 files.||CFD, Combustion|
|NCC||2||Interface to National Combustion Code,||CFD|
|NSMB||2||User-defined reader developed by CERFACS and CSCS||CFD|
|OpenFOAM||2,4||New! Direct reader for OpenFOAM data.|
Includes both reader and export facilities for EnSight
|PAM-FLOW||2||User-defined reader from ESI to read native PAM-FLOW files||CFD|
|ParticleWorks||3||Translator converts Particleworks result files to EnSight Case files in ASCII format. (Binary conversion pending)||CFD|
|PLOT3D||1||Direct reader for PLOT3D and FAST structured formats||CFD|
|Polyflow||1,4||Direct reader and outputs EnSight Case format||CFD|
|RADIOSS-CFD||1||Contact MCUBE for interface details||CFD|
|SC/TETRA||1||See "FLD" direct reader.||CFD|
|SC/TETRA||4||SC/TETRA exports EnSight Casefile format, see Knowledge Base||CFD|
|Star-CD ( > v3.0.5)||1,4||Star-CD exports EnSight Casefile format, see the knowledge base.|
A Direct Reader is standard in EnSight.
|STAR-CCM+||4||Code exports EnSight Casefile format||CFD|
|SU2||1||EnSight's Tecplot ASCII reader works for the SU2 data. |
Sample data here: http://stanford.io/QSsLMy
|TECPLOT||1||User-defined readers for structured and unstructured formats TECPLOT binary, TECPLOT_ASCII for v10 ASCII||Other|
|UH3D||4||See the knowledge base.|
Support > Knowledge Base
|UNIC-CFD||3||Contact vendor for interface||CFD|
|TetrUSS /USM3D||3||Use Translator to EnSight||CFD|
|WIND/CFF||1||Common File Format (WIND code) reader source included as well as executables for Linux.||CFD|
|XFLOW||4||XFLOW exports EnSight Case Gold format. Search "XFLOW" in our "FAQs" for more details.||CFD|
Explanation of the types of interfaces:
Type 1 — Included Readers — These are accessed by choosing the desired format in the Data Reader dialog. They include common data formats as well as a number of readers for commercial software. These can be internal EnSight Readers as well as User-Defined Readers that interface to EnSight’s User-Defined Reader API. If the included reader is a User-Defined Reader there may be more info in $CEI_HOME/ensight80/src/readers. Also see the EnSight Online User Manual for details on using the reader. If you wish to create a data reader this article can be helpful.
Type 2 — Not Included User-Defined Readers — These are readers written by customers or vendors using EnSight’s User-Defined Reader API. These have the advantage of not requiring a separate data translation step and thus reduce user effort and disk storage requirements. EnSight users can obtain these readers by following the contact information in the table. For writing your own User-Defined Reader, complete documentation and dummy routines may be found in the directory $CEI_HOME/ensight80/src/readers. If you wish to create a data reader this article can be helpful.
Type 3 — Stand-Alone Translators — These are written by customers or vendors to convert data into EnSight format files. Several translators are provided with EnSight. These are found in the directory $CEI_HOME/ensight80/translators. Translators must first be compiled before they can be used. Some require links to libraries provided by the vendor of the program in question. See the README files found in each translator’s directory. For writing your own translator, a complete description of EnSight formats can be found in Chapter 11 of the EnSight Online User Manual.
Type 4 — EnSight Format — These are software vendors that support the EnSight format directly, i.e. an option is provided in their products to output data in EnSight5 or EnSight Case format. If you wish to export EnSight format directly, a complete description of EnSight formats can be found in Chapter 11 of the EnSight Online User Manual.