Intelligent Light and FieldView

Come See Us at CONVERGE User Conference - Madison

Intelligent Light will present FieldView at the Converge UC in Madison, September 25-26, 2018. Please visit us at our exhibit table or attend our vendor presentation to learn how FieldView can help you advance your CFD:

  • Fastest for reading your Converge data
  • Side-by-side comparison across multiple cases
  • Easy and powerful automation
  • Data Analytics for unsteady results

Plus, get a sneak peek at the new FieldView version 18 with realistic rendering.

FieldView will help you deliver your best work, stand out from the crowd and increase the impact that CFD makes for your organization.

We are pleased to sponsor the conference and look forward to seeing you there.

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Advancing CFD with Modal Analysis

Interest in the use of modal analysis / Reduced Order Analysis (ROA) for CFD is growing quickly. Our customers tell us that data analysis will have a huge impact and are looking for practical ways to apply it to their current work. Intelligent Light is contributing to this exciting field with an all new tutorial written by our in-house expert, Dr. Steve Makinen. Dr. Makinen is a veteran of the rotorcraft industry with extensive experience in rotorcraft aeroelasticity and coupled computational fluid/structural dynamics (CFD/CSD).

The new tutorial will allow users of FieldView 17 to explore the Data Analysis capabilities of FieldView. Step-by-step instructions provide an easy introduction to using FieldView 17 to leverage capabilities of Excel, MATLAB, Octave and NumPy. This will greatly expand the range of post-processing methods including Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) and provide a framework for users to implement other methods such as Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD). These methods can provide greater insight into simulation results and engineering design through feature identification, state-variable representation and much more.

The Data Analysis tutorial includes Octave/MATLAB programs for processing data and toolboxes for writing PLOT3D and FV-UNS files so the results can be viewed in FieldView.

I encourage you use the tutorial to become more familiar with the power of Modal Analysis for CFD. Please let us know what you think by sending an email to FieldView@ilight.com.

Yves-Marie
FieldView Product Chief

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Three ways to make better movies with FieldView 16.1

FieldView 16.1 update makes it easier than ever to produce high quality, portable movies for your presentations. Here are three improvements that work well together:

1 – MP4 - High Quality, Highly Portable, Small Size

FieldView will save movies in MP4 format with h264 encoding to ensure the highest portability without the confusion of countless video formats or the need for 3rd party converters and creates movies with a significantly smaller file size than older formats. This highly portable and efficient format is now the standard output in FieldView.

Go directly to PowerPoint and YouTube from FieldView using the MP4 format. No matter where you make your movie (Windows, Linux or MAC) it will look its best when you share and present it.

2 – Frame Rate Control

Use Frame Rate to speed up or slow down the playback of your movies. The Frame Rate can be set at between 1 and 60 Frames per Second (fps), is embedded in the saved MP4 and you can change the Frame Rate and save the movie again without having to regenerate the movie.

Have a look at a movie I created to see the difference between 15 and 30 fps.


3 – HD Graphics Layout Sizes

Select standard HD layouts including 1080p, 720p and 480p to get the size, aspect ratio, quality and file size you need.

Note that the Frame Rate video was saved at 720p. When you view it on YouTube you can adjust the settings to view the movie at up to 720p resolution.

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These three features work together to let you make movies that are high quality, portable and play well with PowerPoint, YouTube and a variety of media players to help you make the best possible presentation of your work.

Try it for yourself. These are just some of the new features FieldView users are excited about. If you have not upgraded to 16.1 yet, I encourage you to do so and then let us know what you think by sending an email to FieldView@ilight.com.

Yves-Marie
FieldView Product Chief

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Introducing FieldView Update 16.1

Click for video on Youtube. FieldView 16.1 image by Intelligent Light. Simulation courtesty of FOI.

Intelligent Light is excited to announce that the FieldView 16.1 release is ready for download.

Our FieldView 16.1 Update delivers dozens of major and minor improvements based on customer requests. We focused on the biggest little problems reported by our users, to deliver benefits to every user, because little problems are not little if they get in the way of your productivity.

As part of our development process we invited users who made feature requests to be part of our team. We spoke with them early in the design stage and then included them in the testing to be sure the new features met their needs.

Thanks to this mutual effort, FieldView 16.1 has the largest number of fulfilled feature requests and resolved issues in years. All FieldView users will benefit as there really is something for everyone in FieldView 16.1. Whether that's the new lightweight high-quality video export with control for frame rate, the easy way to flip which axis is up when using a predefined view, the logarithmic scale for colormaps with its "powers of ten" annotations, or one of the dozens of other improvements. Check the full list on the What's New in FieldView 16.1 document.

And because more and more users are adopting our extract based workflow ideas, we keep going further with features like the new VTK reader and a surface-based sampling method.

User input is a cornerstone of our support and product development. It feels really good to be able to deliver on so many common feature requests with this update. Beyond the feature requests, the input of users in our development process was incredibly valuable. It was fantastic to see how quickly users could experience a new capability and immediately give us feedback on changes and additions that would make it even more useful in day to day engineering.

Finally, to make it even easier for you, FieldView 16.1 will run with your FieldView 16 passwords.

FieldView 16.1 is available today from the Customer Center


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FieldView 16 and XDBview 2 Now Available

3D PDF export generated in FieldView and seen in Adobe Acrobat Reader® (left) and on a tablet (right). (DrivAer geometry courtesy of TU München, Mesh and simulation by VINAS with Pointwise and Helyx).

3D PDF export, faster data read, reduced memory usage and many more improvements

Just a little less than a year has passed by since our release of FieldView 15 and I am happy to announce that our new version, FieldView 16, is ready for download. While software users sometimes feel like installing a new version is not going to impact them much, I am confident that every single FieldView user will benefit from this release.

You will find that FieldView 16 is faster to read your data than previous versions and will also use less memory. Data read can easily be made even faster and more memory efficient by selecting the right Data Input option. When you don't need to perform Dataset Sampling or to compute a lot of streamlines, select "Less" Grid Processing for faster data input. In cases when you do need that kind of performance, select "More" right from the Data Input panel and you will use more memory to get better performance during you session.

FieldView 16 is the first CFD post-processor to introduce a built-in 3D PDF export. This standard format is a great way to present and share your results, allowing interactive exploration via rotation, zooming, panning and commenting in Adobe Acrobat Reader and in 3D PDF viewer apps.

Other highlights of this release include:

  • New Vertices and Shaded Vertices display types for better insight and fast performance
  • The ability to sweep surfaces coming from an XDB extract and to synchronize this operation between multiple datasets for easy animations and side-by-side comparison
  • More control over the location of Surface Flows
  • A new Growing display type for pathlines animation
  • 10x faster read times for AcuSolve users, compared to FieldView 15
  • The ability to read single-file transient data as steady-state
  • Support for results from FLOW-3D v11

We're also introducing the second version of XDBview. Our free, sharable viewer for XDB extracts, now includes the same sweep capability as FieldView 16 and can now read your CAD geometries in STL format.

To learn more about these new versions, I encourage you to read our What's New in FieldView 16 document (Japanese version).

FieldView 16 is a major release. You will need to request new passwords from Intelligent Light. FieldView 16 passwords will work for both version 15 and 16, but as of this release FieldView version 14 and earlier are no longer supported. If you need to test FieldView 16 with your data or workflows before upgrading, feel free to request additional temporary passwords and we'll be happy to provide them free of charge.

Please contact our FieldView Support Team  or your account manager for more information.


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