Effective postprocessing needs to be flexible and dynamic. Our drag-and-drop functionality lets you quickly and easily add as many different displayers (to show scalar or vector quanities) as you want into a scene. There’s no limit to how many scenes you can create and scenes are dynamically updated, giving you constant feedback, while your simulation is running. This lends itself ideally to process automation – you can customize multiple scenes to illustrate your geometry, highlight your mesh, and provide multiple detailed views of your process variables. Annotations give you a way to place text, logos, plots and even other scenes into the same window letting you customize your postprocessing to exactly fit your needs.
A direct export from any scene produces files that are compatible with our free standalone 3D viewer, STAR-View+. The scene exports are much smaller in size than the simulation files they are derived from and this lets you easily share simulation results throughout your organization. STAR-View+ can be embedded in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint giving you added options for communicating your results.
Recently, we introduced Volume Rendering to let you create highly advanced illustrations of your simulation data. With this release, we have extended our Volume Rendering capability even further with more realistic lighting control. And, a new colormap editor gives you the ability create and modify your colormaps giving you the ability to make high impact, descriptive visualizations that can be quickly understood by all members of your organization.
Visualization provides qualitative insight to your simulations –the quantitative complement for comparison, validation and verification of your simulation results is delivered in three function categories: reporting, monitoring and plotting. Reports generally return a result based on the specification of a scalar and parts (including derived parts). Reports can be run interactively and provide the content for monitors which can be evaluated continuously during simulation runs. Monitor output forms the basis for monitor plots showing you how your reports change versus iteration or time step. Histogram and XY plots round out the plotting capabilities. As your simulation runs and the solution evolves, your data can be continuously interrogated and solver settings can be changed on the fly. This means that you are always in control, ensuring result accuracy and efficient computer resource usage.
Critical analysis of your simulation results needs to be easy and comprehensive. Our drag-and-drop functionality lets you add parts directly to any existing plot. Reporting frequency is controlled with updating which can be triggered through several mechanisms. And you can easily place plots into any scene giving you full flexibility to integrate and customize your reporting requirements.
Having the ability to standardize your analysis & reporting across many simulations is important. This can be done by creating re-usable templates. It is possible to further automate your process and capture your best practices using Java macros and our recently introduced Simulation Assistant tool.