Probe (control panel)
The position of the probing point is defined by the intersection of the three slice planes Slice-X / Slice-Y / Slice-Z. Here it can be interactively moved by dragging the 3D cursor with the mouse or by picking points with the mouse at any displayed surface.
The result of this probing evaluation is shown at the bottom left corner of the view. The colour for that display is chosen automatically and set to some high contrast colour against current background colour.
At the evaluated point its coordinates are output (the values of X,Y and Z) along with the calculated value of temperature. If required tri-linear interpolation is used to calculate exact resultant value at any point of modelled construction from values calculated by the simulation at nodes of the super fine grid.
The probe provides the way to read out a value (e.g. temperature in °C) at any point of the construction.
At the intersection lines of slice planes X,Y,Z a colorized probe cross can be displayed. Actual colorizing follows the values of active function (temperature, heat flux (stream density), etc. - selected within General control panel) and currently selected Colour table.
Remark: Because this evaluation provides reasonable
results for points located in model's interior only it is advisable to either
turn the view of the surface
completely off or show it partially transparent (i.e.
not opaque) or show it as
The setting Moveable controls the 3D cursor. The setting can have one of the three distinct states:
Interaction with the 3D cursor will start as soon as the mouse is positioned in the neighbourhood of the probe cross or rectangle lines surrounding the slice planes (so called X/Y/Z shadows) an the left mouse button is depressed. Elements of the 3D cursor will display in light green during the active interaction.
If the shift key is held depressed during the initial move of the 3D cursor, than that initial move direction constrains the further interaction to one axis direction only.
Remarks: The widget itself is shown nearly transparent not to overlap with other elements (opacity = 0.1). The outline shadow (the box) is not shown by design. When selected default colour used (light-green). Scaling/Zooming/Translation of the 3D cursor outline is not allowed by design. Movements are always constrained to the bounding box of the model.
Remark: During export operations the 3D cursor widget will be hidden temporarily and not rendered to the resulting export view.
The setting Pickable controls the picking behaviour of the mouse. The setting can have one of the three distinct states:
Upon the click (or double click) the application will attempt to pick the point on the next visible surface below the current cursor position.
The picking of the point is available at visible (i.e. active, opaque or partly transparent) surface objects and provided in that order:
Remark: if neither surface object is visible (inactive or totally transparent) picking will have no effect.
Remark: The position of SliceX/Y/Z will be retained within application settings and restored respectively.