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FLOWCast UNIT 13: The Status Tab

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The Status Tab keeps you informed as to how far the simulation has progressed, and allows you to create animation sequences from the saved data. The four sections of the Status Tab are:

Time Steps (available for restart)

Time Steps Animation

AVI animation file

CPU Times (sec)

The Status Tab looks like this:



Time Steps (available for restart)

The Time Steps window lists the time intervals for which simulation data has been saved. For example, if you have instructed the system to save at 5% intervals, the system will list data at approximately 5% intervals as the simulation runs. The default status is On, or active, for use in plotting or animation.You have the options of turning on or off time steps that have been saved so far, and you can save active time steps out to a file at any time. This allows you to save a sub-set of time steps, if desired.

Time Steps Animation

When a simulation is loaded, but not running, you can animate the available data into a running slide show. To start an animation just for viewing at the moment, click on the Start Animation button. The system will then progressively display the time step data, showing the progression of fill. The animation will show the currently selected data set, so you can choose from Temperature, Velocity, Pressure, etc. If you check the box labeled Use wide scale range, then the scale will stay constant for the full animation, using the maximum and minimum values found it the data.

AVI animation file

If you want to save the animation as a movie, use the functions in the AVI animation file box. You can choose to create a realtime AVI file, which will play back at the actual pouring speed, or you can specify a given display rate, in frames per second. Then click on the Create AVI button. You will be asked to name the movie, as shown here:

Once you type in a name and click on Save, the system will build the movie file and save it to disk. You can then copy this movie to a floppy disk or CD, or email it to a customer, who can run it simply by double-clicking on the file name.


CPU Times (sec)

This function lets you know how long a simulation has taken and how much time the system is actually using for its calculations. The value for User indicates how much time has elapsed since the simulation started(clock time) and the Sys value indicates how much time the CPU has been involved with simulation calculations, I/O, etc.

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