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Old   June 12, 2006, 11:48
Default Zero values using sampleSurface
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When I execute sampleSurface (constantPlane, interpolatedPlane) on my parallel case and everything runs fine. After I try to look at the results in paraview 2.4.2 I already get an error message in my console:

Error or warning: There was a VTK Warning in file: ../../../../../paraview-2.4.2/VTK/IO/vtkDataReader.cxx (844) Error reading ascii data!

The field to plot is zero. The "Data Range" in paraview also say that everything is zero. But when I apply foamToVTK to the same case I can do a cut with a plane at the same position and everything looks fine. Also paraFoam gives the correct picture.

I use OpenFOAM-1.3 on FC5_X86_64 and here is my sampleSurfaceDict:
===============================================
surfaceFormat vtk;
interpolationScheme cellPointFace;
surfaces
(
constantPlane
{
name constantPlane;

basePoint (0 0 0);
normalVector (0 0 1);

// Optional: whether to leave as faces or triangulate (=default)
triangulate false;
}

interpolatedPlane
{
name interpolatedPlane;

basePoint (0 0 0);
normalVector (0 0 1);

triangulate false;
}
);
(
p
U
F
cI
cD
nuSgs
);
================================================

I experienced a similar problem using the probes utility, i.e. zero values eventhough they are not zero. They probably use the same interpolation method. I also checked running in serial and different interpolation methods.

Any suggestions are welcome.
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Old   June 13, 2006, 05:53
Default Change your plane so it doesn'
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Change your plane so it doesn't coincide with any faces/edges/points. Just perturb by small amount.

If problem persists please create small testcase and send to me.
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Old   June 15, 2006, 04:23
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Thanks!
Using a slightly different basepoint for each of 2 coordinates solved the problem, but nevertheless it seems to be very sensitive especially if you have a structured mesh. I had to play around several times to get sampleSurface the right output.
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