The Post-Processor is common to all Cradle CFD software. It is used to visualize the data calculated by the solver. The Post-Processor is equipped with a multitude of functions such as contour, vector and values at specific points. The Post-Processor also includes may other high-quality graphical output functions.
Cradle's post-processor not only provides overall visualization effects but also provides precise information in critical regions to aid the engineering design process.
Cradle's post-processor uses a variety of functions to visualize the calculation result both for CAE experts and the customer. Additional numerical information can also be acquired by further processing the calculation results.
|Oil flow||Texture mapping||Lighting|
|Variable registration||Comparative visualization||Neutral file|
Animation is an ideal way to visualize the flow. Cradle's post-processor can visualize both of steady-state and transient analysis by animation.
|Marker particle with steady-state analysis||Automatic translation of view point||Transient analysis|
In Electronics Cooling, component temperature is a critical design requirement. However, during the design optimization process, knowing the flow of heat is instrumental for determining how the design should be modified to control the temperature. HeatPathView is a visualization utility in Cradle HEAT Designer electronics cooling analysis software and scSTREAM, structured grid general purpose CFD software, that enables engineers to manage heat dissipation at the component level and understand heat balances and heat paths in an intuitive graphical format. HeatPathView has three primary features.
- First, the Part Temperature tab lists the maximum and average temperatures for the parts, the amount of heat generation, and the material name.
- Second, the Heat Balance tab shows how much heat is dissipated from a component of interest and which other components receive this dissipated heat.
- Third, the Heat Path tab shows the heat dissipation path for the component of interest. For example, it can show that heat flows from a component, into the air, into the board, and through the heat sink before being dissipated into the environment. This is very useful for determining whether a particular countermeasure is effective.
Click here for a pdf discussing the development of HeatPathView.
|Temperature distribution and heat dissipation||Heat dissipation and reception balance||Heat path from component|
List of Post-processor functions
|Coordinate specification||Plane||Parallel axis, arbitrary|
|Value specification||Arbitrary point, Direction vector|
|Drawing function||Mesh||Standard, Transparent, Block|
|Vector||Standard, 3D, Cloud, Animation|
|Contour||Paint, Line, Transparent|
|Streamline||Line, Tube, Plane|
|Graph||Location graph, time graph, average graph, Min/Max graph|
|Shape representation||Neutral file, STL file|
|Expressive function||Oil flow||Object surface, Arbitrary cross section|
|Revolved Projection||Meridian plane display|
|Reality||Gradation, Luster, Water, Light (single click button)|
|Marker particle||Turbulent diffusion, Number counting|
|Automatic translation of view point||Camera location, Point of sight, Point specification of gaze, Walkthrough|
|Key frame in animation||Video duration by setting Start time & End time|
|Cycle interpolation animation||Display result files at the long time interval with interpolation method|
|Accessory functions||Copy function||Mirror, Periodic|
|Function table||Original variable creation and registration|
|Operation||Scalar integration (flow rate), Vector integration (Pressure)
Volume integration (computation of spatial average)
|Unit System||Selection and display of unit system|
|Tree control of drawing objects||Search function|
|Image output||BMP, JPG, PNG, CradleViewer|
|Image synthesis||Composition of analysis result, text, and BMP|
|Results comparison||Mesh-independent numerical comparison, Object for comparison|
|Projected area calculation||Axis direction specification|
|External data import||Composition and loading experimental data in CSV format|
|Parallel processing*||Local mode, Cluster mode|
|High-speed drawing function||Display of large-scale field file (iFLD)|
|External program control||VB Interface|
|Mouse operation||Compliance with CAD|
|CradleViewer||License-free viewer||Multi-file compatibility|
|HeatPathView||Thermal analysis viewer||Temperature, Heat balance, Heat path|
Red：New functions of V10
Blue: Upgrade functions
*Optional license required