The kinds of results that will be displayed on screen can be grouped into five major categories:

  • Scalar view results: Show Minimum & Maximum, Contour Fill, Contour Text Ranges, Contour Lines, Iso Surface, Result surface, Line thickness and their configuration options.
  • Vector view results: Mesh deformation, Display Vectors, Stream Lines, Node trace
  • Line diagrams: Scalar line diagram and vector diagrams.
  • Graph lines: XY plots, polar plots.
  • Animation: Animation of the current results visualizations.

The View Results menu and window are used to manage the visualization of the different type of results.

Menu: View results

The View Results menu lets you select any type of result:

  • Contour fill
  • Contour lines
  • Contour ranges
  • Show min/max
  • Display vectors
  • Iso surfaces
  • Stream lines
  • Node trace
  • Graphs
  • Result surface
  • Deformation
  • Line diagram
  • Line thickness
  • Integrate
  • Distribution...

Smoothed sub-menu with gaussian results:

Results can be located on the nodes of the mesh, nodal results, or on the integration points defined on the elements, known as gauss points, gaussian results.

For instance, selecting a contour fill visualization of a nodal result will draw a continous colour map over the mesh geometry. But for results located at the gauss points, there is no guarantee that the values are continous between elements; in fact they are usually discontinous. So, visualizing a Contour fill of a gaussian result will display a discontinuous colour map over the mesh:

Most of the above results visualization can be performed over nodal and gaussian results. Currently the exceptions are: Contour text ranges, Stream lines, node trace, graphs, and deformations.

GiD also smoothes the gaussian results to provide a continous colour map:

How the global smoothing is done can be adjusted with Options --> Contour --> Smoothing type:

  • Minimum value: The minimum value between two adjacent elements is the result that is used.
  • Maximum value: The maximum value between two adjacent elements is the result that is used.
  • Mean value: A mean value of the points between two adjacent elements is the result that is used.

smooth contour fill

Gauss points in smooth contour fill

Smooth gauss points results

Smoothed results sub-menu

If there are gaussian results present in the simulation files, and if these gaussian results can be smoothed, then in the results visualizations menus, besides the results list a new entry will appear with the label Smoothed, and a sub-menu will pop-up with the gaussian results which can be globally smoothed:

Following results visualizations can be performed on smoothed gaussian results:

Contour Fill, Contour lines, Iso surfaces, Graphs, Result surfaces and Line thickness

Menu: Window->View results

The View Results window manages the visualization of the following type of results:

  • Contour fill
  • Smooth contour fill ( of gaussian results globally smoothed), same as the menu Contour fill --> Smoothed
  • Contour ranges (if Result Range Tables are present)
  • Contour lines
  • Smooth contour lines ( of gaussian results globally smoothed), same as the menu Contour lines --> Smoothed
  • Display vectors
  • Show min/max
  • Result surface
  • Smooth result surface ( of gaussian results globally smoothed), same as the menu Result surface --> Smoothed
  • Line thickness
  • Smooth line thickness ( of gaussian results globally smoothed), same as the menu Line thickness --> Smoothed
  • Scalar and Vector line diagram (if Linear elements are present)

As the results are grouped into steps and analyses, GiD must know which analysis and step is currently selected for displaying results. The Analysis menu of the View Results window is used to select the current analysis and step to be used for the rest of the results options. If some of the results view requires another analysis or step, you will be asked for it.

Note: If you no longer wish to view results, you can select No Result in this window or in the View results menu.

Postprocessing results

View Results window

results visualization

analysis selection

Postprocessing no results