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Smokeview (Version 5) - A Tool for Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data, Volume I: User's Guide

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Author(s)

Glenn P. Forney

Abstract

Smokeview is a software tool designed to visualize numerical calculations generated by the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of fire-driven fluid flow. For details on setting up and running FDS cases read the FDS User's guide. These two tools are typically used together to respectively simulate and visualize the flow of smoke induced by a fire. Smokeview visualizes the smoke using traditional scientific methods such as displaying tracer particle flow, 2D or 3D shaded contours of gas flow data such as temperature and flow vectors showing flow direction and magnitude. Smokeview also visualizes smoke realistically so that one can experience the fire. This is done by displaying a series of partially transparent planes where the transparencies in each plane (at each grid node) are determined from soot densities computed by FDS. Smokeview also visualizes static data at particular times again using 2D or 3D contours of data such as temperature and flow vectors showing flow direction and magnitude.Windows PC versions of \Smokeview\ and \fds\ and associateddocumentation may be downloaded from the web site \bf\hhrefhttp://fire.nist.gov/smokeview}} at no cost.Versions for Linux and Mac/OSX may also be downloaded fromthe same location.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1017-1
Report Number
1017-1

Keywords

CFD models, field models, fire simulation, scientific visualization, visualization

Citation

Forney, G. (2017), Smokeview (Version 5) - A Tool for Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data, Volume I: User's Guide, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created February 19, 2017