Tecplot shock detection
Hi everyone,
I'm looking for an algorithm to detect a shock during post processing. I found a tool in Tecplot 360 which does this work quite well: does anyone know which algorithm is employed in Tecplot? Thank you very much Andrea Ferrero 
Andrea,
On page 384 the Tecplot 360 user manual states ( http://download.tecplot.com/360/current/tpum.pdf ) : Tecplot 360 can display important features in 3D fluid flow solutions that make analyzing the solutions much easier. For transsonic flow, it can display shock surfaces. For all flows, including incompressible flows, it can display lines indicating the location of vortex cores, as well as separation and attachment lines. These calculations make use of MIT’s FX library. For more information on this library, please see http://raphael.mit.edu/fx/. These features are accessed through the Extract Flow Features dialog. This paragraph and reference may be an answer to your question. Scott 
Thank you very much, Scott.
I find the article "Shock Detection From Computational Fluid Dynamics Results" cited in your link very useful, in particular the algorithm for moving shocks. Andrea 
Has anyone any idea that why the value of "shock" variable in Tecplot can be greater than 1 or less than 1? I tried to capture a shock interface in a 2D convergentdivergent nozzle. Although the position is deriable, but the lengend given in Tecplot has a value which can be as high as 30 and as low as 30. According to the definition,
it should be (U/a) dot (grad(P))/grad(P), how could it be larger than 1? I have read the reference listed above, it says for stationary shock the the location is the place where the value of Ma vector dot pressure gradient should be one. Can anybody tell me what's going on there? Thank you in advance. 
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The following link http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/artic...00936113001143 is our paper related to shock detection and postprocessing, which would be in your interest.

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