“Communication error” when opening my Tecplot product

Problem: I installed a Tecplot product and the Reprise License Manager on a machine in my network but when I try to run the Tecplot product on another machine in my network the error message Communications error with license server (-17) appears.  How can I fix this to successfully run the Tecplot product? Solution: This is a general error message that means Tecplot is not communicating with the Reprise license […]

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Exported EPS from Tecplot has mysterious white lines in it

Problem: I exported an EPS file from Tecplot 360 and when I viewed that file in Ghostscript, or converted it into PDF and then opened it in Adobe reader, it had mysterious white grid lines in it.  How can I make those white lines go away? Solution: The white grid lines are the result of the default display settings in Ghostscript and Adobe.   For both applications, changing one display setting will make […]

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Is there a way to do a silent install of Tecplot products?

Question: How can I do a silent install of Tecplot 360 & Chorus? Answer: You would need to use a command like this for Windows: “C:<path to software to install.exe>” /S /D=C:<path to install to with no spaces> where the /S indicates a silent install and the /D must be the last parameter in the list. And a command like this for Linux: sh <path to software to install.sh> –skip-license […]

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How does Tecplot calculate cell or face-centered quantities?

Question: How does Tecplot calculate cell or face-centered quantities? Answer: Tecplot uses simple arithmetic averaging to calculate cell- (face-) centered quantities. Integrations are done using the trapezoidal method, which is second-order accurate. For each cell, the cell-centered value of the quantity being integrated (integrand) is multiplied by the volume of the cell, and the result is summed over all cells. If the integrand is node-centered, the cell-centered average is calculated […]

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Line breaks in the line legend

Problem: How can I add line breaks into the line legend labels? Solution: If you define the line mapping name as the variable or zone name, add \n to the variable or zone name (defined in Data > Data Set Info) at the desired location of the line break.  If you are using a static Map Name defined directly in the Mapping Style dialog, add \\n  at the desired location of the line […]

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Rounding data in Tecplot 360 or Focus

Problem: How can I quickly round data to a specified level of precision in Tecplot 360 or Focus? Solution: The “round” function can be used to round the values of a variable and either store the result in the existing variable or create a new variable. After loading your data, go to Data > Alter > Specify Equations and enter the following equation: {RoundedData} = round({Data}) In this example, a new variable […]

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Calculating the velocity magnitude in Tecplot 360 or Focus

Problem: How can I calculate the velocity magnitude in Tecplot 360 or Focus? Solution: There are two methods, which are described below: General method (works in Tecplot 360 and Focus) In this method, the mathematical definition of vector magnitude is entered and the calculated result is stored in a new variable.  After loading your data, do the following: Go to Data > Alter > Specify Equations and enter the following equation: {Velocity Magnitude} […]

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Taking back unused licenses in RLM

Problem: There are licenses checked out through RLM that are not being used. How can I return these licenses to RLM? Solution: Open the RLM browser-based administration tool through http://localhost:5054/, where localhost represents the license server hostname and 5054 represents the web server port number. Click on the Status button and then the teclmd button under the License Usage heading. On the following page, click on the GET License Usage […]

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RLM cannot bind Web Server port 5054, exiting

Problem: The Reprise License Manager will not start and my debug.log file includes a “Cannot bind Web Server port 5054, exiting” error. What happened and how can I fix it? Solution: If you start the Reprise License Manager (RLM) without a license key in the RLM installation directory and then try to shut down RLM, it will not shut down. If you try to start RLM again, you will encounter […]

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Variable names different than those in Fluent.

Problem: I loaded some data into Tecplot from Fluent and the variable list came out different than I expected in Tecplot. Some of the variable names have t-1 or t-2 after them. Some of them have #1 or #2 or #3 after them. What is Tecplot doing with the names of the variables? Solution: Fluent allows for different variables in one zone than in another while Tecplot requires that all […]

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