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kedarerohan December 8, 2011 02:11

How to extract surface from plot3d grid (NASA chimera mesh)
Can anybody tell me how to extract surface from plot3d mesh. Insist me some software that reads plot3d format grid.
I have taken mesh from nasa website of space shuttle launch vehicle. Its an chimera grid in plot3d format. This mesh doesnot open in Ansys ICEM. What is the reason. If not can can i extract surface from this grid, so that i can make my own mesh.

jchawner December 11, 2011 17:39


I'm surprised that ANSYS ICEM can't read a PLOT3D file. My suggestion is to verify the PLOT3D file's format and ensure you're giving ICEM the correct options.

PLOT3D is a widely used de facto standard format for structured grids. You can see the format spec here: Perhaps you could write your own code to extract the surfaces if you can get ICEM to work.

But I repeat: I'd be shocked if ICEM couldn't read that file.

Best Regards

kedarerohan December 12, 2011 01:23

Sir, Actually I have found that it is an Chimera mesh (overlapping type), thats why ICEM could not read the mesh. I am not a software person, cant write a code. Can you suggest me any software so that I can extract surface from that mesh, and create my own mesh.

jchawner December 12, 2011 10:16

Rohan: Have you tried email the custodian of the web page from which you downloaded the file to see if they have some suggestions?

Martin Hegedus December 13, 2011 02:23

I assume you mean the shuttle grid from Those files are in big-endian format so, if you are using an intel box, the program that reads in the file will need to realize this and switch it to little-endian.

JBeilke December 13, 2011 03:25

Just rename the grid file to and read it with EnSight or Paraview.

The data are in PLOT3D, multiple-zone, iblank, binary. All floating point data are in 32-bit IEEE format, big endian.

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