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Old   October 14, 2014, 01:08
Default How to generate a cylindrical plane?
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Hi all.

I'm simulating about fan, and I would like to generate a contour and calculate mass flow rate along radial direction. so cylindrical plane is needed.

In CFD-POST, there is a 'surface of revolution' functionality.

Is there a similar one in Tecplot??


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Old   October 14, 2014, 18:16
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I wrote a Tecplot 360 add-on a while back that would do this. Information on the add-on is here: http://www.tecplottalk.com/addons/radialslice/

Right now you cannot specify an arbitrary orientation, so hopefully your geometry is aligned with one of the primary axes.

It hasn't been compiled for Tecplot 360 EX, but should work with Tecplot 360 2013 and earlier. If you're on Linux, the source code is posted. If you're unable to compile it give our support group a shout and we'll help you out.

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Old   October 15, 2014, 02:01
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This is awesome!

I'll try and give you feedback if i'm lost again.

Thank you very much.
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Old   October 15, 2014, 04:47
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Hi again!
I didn't understand how to use...
I copied radialslice.dll file, and pasted it into 'bin' folder
and next step is unclear to me.


3. Add this line to your tecplot.add file:
$!LoadAddon "radialslice"


What does it mean??
I found tecplot.add file, but it is not open-able at least in my computer.
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You should be able to edit tecplot.add with a text editor like Notepad. If you can't, perhaps the permissions on the file are wrong.

If you can't edit this file you can do either of the following:

Add "-loadaddon radialslice.dll" to the command line arguments when launching 360.

or

Drag-and-drop radialslice.dll onto an open instance of 360.

Hope that helps.

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I have tried several times, but they failed..

tecplot.add is opened on Wordpad, but it said that it cannot be saved.
I think I should open it with the right of manager, but it was not activated when I right-clicked tecplot.add

I also tried drag-and-drop, but it didn't work.


And what is command line argument?
I'm using Tecplot 360 2012R1, and there is no options like it when launching
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To use the command-line argument, Tecplot 360 must be in your PATH, or you must 'cd' to the 'bin' directory, where tec360.exe exists. Also, make sure to copy the add-on into the 'bin' directory.

Once you've done that, the command line would look like this:

>tec360.exe -loadaddon radialslice.dll
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Thank you very much Scott. It's really helpful.
I didn't understand what command line means, and now I do.
I opened it successfully.


I want to make it along z-direction. I decided the radius.
And I think there is no option for the range of z.
I mean, I want to make cylinder along z direction with the height of 0.1m
Is there a way to do?
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