Realize (Map) Fields

In this topic you will learn how to realize, or map, fields.

Field realization creates pressures and temperature loads, and maps property IDs. To map the spatially varying values stored in a field entity to the element and node data of the new target mesh, you must realize the field entity.

The following types of mapping are supported: node temperature loads, node displacement, element pressure, element property IDs and indirect thickness, and element material orientation.

You can map fields for second order elements, as well. Previously, mapping element loads like pressure was not available on second order shells or faces with the shape function as the option of interpolation. The shape function of first order elements is used to map these values from the source.

  1. In the Model Browser, right-click on the field that you would like to realize and select Realize from the menu.
  2. In the Field Realization dialog, define realization settings:
    1. Using the Entity selector, select the elements or nodes to be realized.
    2. Select a field type.
    3. Select the type of interpolation to perform: shape function (based on mapping), proximity (based on close point evaluation), or linear interpolation (based on inverse distance).
    4. Click Apply.
    Once the field has been realized, the new mapped values can be visualized using contour, or they can be exported to solver decks. When a solver deck is exported, mapped loads will be available on the new mesh.