The workflow on the SimScale platform is kept as modular and as open as possible, allowing you to use a third-party post-processing platform, such as ParaView, to analyze the results. Find below a brief tutorial on how this is done.
As soon as your simulation run is finished, the result set is ready for post-processing within SimScale. At this point, it is also possible to download the results for further post-processing via third-party software.
Here you will see a brief tutorial on how to use ParaView for post-processing results generated on the SimScale platform. ParaView is an open-source visualization application, provided by Kitware, that you can download and run on many different platforms. In case you don’t have ParaView on your computer, you can download it on this page.
The steps for visualizing the results of the SimScale platform in ParaView are explained below:
As soon as the simulation finishes running, there will be a button to download the results. By hovering the mouse over the download icon, you can see the size of the result file:
A .zip file with the results is then downloaded. After the download is successful, extract the results from the .zip file to a folder, for example, on your desktop. The figure below shows the basic structure for the results folder, after the extraction:
Now the results are ready to be imported into ParaView. Therefore, launch ParaView and click on the ‘Open‘ button. Navigate to the folder containing the SimScale results and select the case.foam (or case.pvd) file.
Now, in the properties panel, one can choose which parts of the data set should be loaded:
ParaView has a variety of filters that can be used for further post-processing. To apply a filter, you can simply right-click on an object in the pipeline browser and select the desired filter.
For instance, the figure below shows a slice filter applied to the case.foam object:
Last updated: August 16th, 2023
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