A Visualization Toolkit for Fluid Mechanics

by Peter G. Carswell, Ohio Supercomputer Cent, Columbus, United States,
John C. Donkin, Ohio Supercomputer Cent, Columbus, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


The increasing complexity of both experimental and computational models in fluid mechanics requires innovative techniques for analysis and comprehension. Visual methods have been shown to be highly effective in understanding complex relationships within three dimensional fluid volumes (McCormick, Upson). The apE toolkit has been designed to provide flexibility in the conversion of scientific information into images, allowing the same data set to be analyzed in several ways in an interactive fashion. Built around a dataflow model, the apE system permits rapid prototyping of visualization methods and the interactive adjustment of parameters associated with these methods. Several examples will show the application of the apE system to the analysis of data derived from both experimental and computational fluid mechanics applications. Further enhancements will provide easy construction of applications and post-processors for specific problems in fluid mechanics and in other fields.

Subject Headings: Fluid mechanics | Computing in civil engineering | System analysis | Fluid flow | Computer models | Innovation | Three-dimensional models | Professional societies

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