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Old   October 8, 2004, 11:16
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Allan Walsh
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Does anyone have any experience with 3rd-party post processors for Fluent? Fluent is okay for everyday graphics, but the mpeg generation is a bit clunky. Playback in WMP can be choppy, colors are not impressive, and resolution is poor.

I've been considering Tecplot - anyone use that or others for animations. This is for commercial applications so we don't want to fool with shareware type software.
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Old   October 11, 2004, 04:01
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Frasier Crane
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A very good one that I personally like more than Tecplot is Fieldview, it takes some time to learn all the tricks but is quite good, an other great tool is Ensight, also quite hard to learn, Tecplot is a good tool also, but with big files (let says more than 150MB) it takes a lot of time generating movies, the fastest running in the same computer with the same huge data is Fieldview, there's another one from ANSYS is ICEM CFD, I think is a combination of mesher and post processing tool, I've never tried but it most be good too. I don't know anything about the prices but you can ask and post the info here, you know only couriosity, academic versions are cheaper.


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Old   October 13, 2004, 11:54
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Allan Walsh
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Thanks for the info. I downloaded a demo of Tecplot 10, which seemed to work okay. I liked their loader feature to directly read in Fluent files without having to export separate post processing files. Geometry (walls) display seemed to be lacking. You're right, generating animations with large data sets seemed quite slow, but output was pleasing. And, I didn't see any way to display particles modeled with DPM.

I think I'll demo Fieldview to look at the animation feature for steamlines/streamtraces.
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