User's Guide for Smokeview Version 1.0: A Tool for Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data.
User's Guide for Smokeview Version 1.0: A Tool for
Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data.
Forney, G. P.; McGrattan, K. B.
NISTIR 6513; 37 p. May 2000.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
(NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
1-800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000;
Order number: PB2000-105779
field models; predictive models; CFD models;
computational fluid dynamics; fire simulation; fluid
flow; scientific visualization; simulation;
visualization; fluid dynamics simulator
Smokeview is a software tool designed to visualize
numerical predictions generated by the NIST Fire
Dynamics Simulator (FDS). FDS is a computational fluid
dynamics (CFD) model of fire-driven fluid flow. These
two tools are used in concert to respectively model and
analyze scenarios involving features such as fire, wind,
sprinklers, complex geometry etc. Smokeview visualizes
FDS modeling results in many ways, some of which are 1)
animating flow of smoke or tracer particles, 2)
animating 2D contours of data slices, 3) plotting 2D and
3D static contours or 4) plotting flow vectors.
Smokeview requires a fast CPU, fast video card, a
substantial amount of random-access memory (RAM) and a
large hard disk. Smokeview is portable and can be run on
a variety of computing platforms. For a Windows-based
PC, the processor should be at least a 450 MHz Pentium
II, with at least 256 Mbytes of memory. Of course, more
is better, but this configuration should allow one to do
fairly large calculations in a reasonable time period.
For UNIX-based workstations, the processor and memory
should be at least as fast and as large as the PC specs.
Smokeview and FDS may be obtained at the web site
http://fire.nist.gov/smokeview or by contacting the
authors at email@example.com or