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andrewryan October 3, 2009 08:35

Visualize Mesh with foamToVTK
I'm justing foamToVTK here, since I didn't get paraFoam working. I would like to visualize a simple mesh, which I created using blockMeshDict and blockMesh.

I want to do this before actually computing anything so the only files created are:
system/controlDict (blockMesh required this)

So far foamToVTK fails complaining that system/fvSchemes is missing. Any ideas? Could it be done by using the parallel reader?

7islands October 4, 2009 02:42

Hi Andrew,
Yes the parallel reader can do it, but copying the missing files from any one of the tutorials may be a lot easier solution :) (besides they are required for running simulations anyway).


andrewryan October 5, 2009 02:44

Created the files and it worked. However I'm wondering if there is a way to display the patches from blockMeshDict in paraview. Also I wonder whether there is a difference between foamToVTK and paraFOAM. If I just use foamToVTK will it omit some things or do a see exactly the same as when using paraFoam?

Btw: I managed to get paraview compiled with the parallel reader on a Linux machine. I also have a Mac and wonder whether there are any binary plugins for the paraview version from (I don't want to compile it again)

Schag October 5, 2009 09:42

Hi Andrew,

using foamToVTK, il will create vtk files for internalField and others for patches. If you want to visualize patches in paraview, you have to open yourpachname_timestep.vtk into the pipeline browser in Paraview.

using paraFoam, you can (under linux) select what part of your mesh (internal/patches) and what variables you want to compute. It doesn't really bring more than foamToVTK, except it's faster.

From my experience, I use paraFoam to visualize the results when alone, but foamToVTK when I want to show results in a presentation.

Anyway, I don't know if it's just on my computer, but paraview seems faster when using it on windows instead of linux (BUT it force you to use foamToVTK)

Hoping it's helping you,


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