User's Guide for Smokeview Version 4: A Tool for Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data.
User's Guide for Smokeview Version 4: A Tool for
Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data.
Forney, G. P.; McGrattan, K. B.
NIST SP 1017; NIST Special Publication 1017; 88 p.
dynamics; simulation; computer programs
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 associated
documentation may be downloaded from the web site
http://fire.nist.gov/smokeview at no cost. Versions for
Linux and SGI/IRIX may also be downloaded from the same