Assigning different colors to zones

Problem: Tecplot 360 2006 Tecplot Focus 2006 and earlier versions of Tecplot products assigned different colors to zones whereas Tecplot 360 2008 Tecplot Focus 2008 and later products assign black to all zones by default. Is there a way to change this default to make the Tecplot 360 and Tecplot Focus 2008 versions behave like the 2006 and earlier versions? Solution: Yes. Please check your tecplot.cfg file in your Tecplot […]

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Comparison plot involving an unsmry file and a text file with values for a FIELD entity does not work.

Problem: I load an unsmry file into Tecplot RS 2010 and then load an ascii formatted txt file, and try to make a comparison plot of the two, Tecplot RS 2010 does not show the comparison plot I was expecting.   Why does this happen? Solution: The Generic ASCII format is only intended to support wells. It has no way to specify that the entities are of a specific type.  An unsmry file can […]

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Polar Contour plot

Problem: Is there any way to show my polar data as a polar contour plot in Tecplot 10? Solution: Since Tecplot doesn’t have the built-in ability to have Polar contour plots each case may require its own special adjustments. But here are the general guidelines. Load the polar data into Tecplot in Polar line mode. The Tecplot default for Polar plots is to assign the first variable to Theta axis […]

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How to uninstall a Tecplot product on a Macintosh platform

Problem: I have a Tecplot product installed on my Macintosh machine and I need to uninstall it. What is the best way to go about this? Solution: On Macintosh platforms, two folders in addition to the Tecplot product installation folder are affected by installing a Tecplot product with the .pkg installer (included in the .dmg file): – /Library/Receipts/ (a record of the .pkg installation goes in here) – $HOME/Library/Preferences/ (the […]

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Comparison plot using a UNSMRY file and a .hist file works in Tecplot RS only if the .hist file is the active file.

Problem: I loaded an UNSMRY file and a .hist file and tried to make a comparison plot with them. If the UNSMRY file is the active file, then Tecplot RS shows a plot but no comparison, and if the .hst file is the active file then Tecplot RS does show a comparison plot. Why does Tecplot RS not show a comparison plot when the UNSMRY file is active? Solution: This […]

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Failed to create OpenGL context

Problem: I saw this message after installing Tecplot on a 64 bit Linux Red Hat machine. How do I fix it? Solution: This message means that the computer does not support OpenGL. Please be sure your computers graphics card supports OpenGL and that you have the latest driver before you attempt to run Tecplot. If your computer does not support OpenGL to run Tecplot you can add the -mesa flag […]

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Loading a CHEARS.hist file into Tecplot RS with entities other than wells

Problem: When I load a CHEARS.hist file containing entities other than wells into Tecplot RS, Tecplot RS thinks these entities are wells, and does not allow us to do the comparisons we need to do, whereas older versions of Tecplot RS did allow us to make these comparisons. How can I make these same comparisons in Tecplot RS? Solution: The CHEARS.hist file format is only intended to support wells. This […]

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Options File commands

Problem: What sort of commands can I put in the Options file for the Reprise License Manager (RLM)? What functionality does it have? Solution: Here are some of the commands you can use in the ISV Options file (tecplot.opt) to control access to Tecplot 360/Focus with some examples mixed in (360 = Tecplot 360). Reserving licenses: RESERVE 1 360 USER robert RESERVE 1 360 HOST mainline The first line reserves […]

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How to calculate the circulation around a vortex core.

Problem: I extracted a vortex core using the Tecplot CFD Analyzer, and now I want to calculate the circulation around the core. How can I do this? Solution: If you can define a closed path in your data over which to integrate, you can calculate circulation using the Integrate dialog. Open the dialog by choosing “Perform Integration” from the Analyze menu. In the Integrate dialog that appears, for Type of […]

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