GMS:2D Mesh Display Options

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2D Mesh Module
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2D Mesh
Creating a 2D Mesh
Editing 2D Meshes
2D Mesh Settings
Converting a 2D Mesh to Other Types of Data
2D Mesh Display Options
2D Mesh Polygon Attributes
2D Mesh Tool Palette
Solids to Layered Mesh
2D Mesh Commands

The properties of all 2D mesh data that GMS displays on the screen can be controlled through the 2D Mesh tab of the Display Options dialog. This dialog is opened by right-clicking on the 2D Mesh Data 2D Mesh Folder.svg entry in the Project Explorer and selecting the Display Options command. It can also be accessed from the from the Display menu or the Display Options Display Options Macro.svg macro. The following table describes the display options available for the 2D Mesh module.

Display Option Description
Nodes Displays mesh nodes. A small circle is drawn at each node.
Element edges Displays the edges of elements. The elements can be drawn using either the default color for elements or using the color of the material associated with each element.

The color of the element edges can be adjusted according to the following options:

  1. Auto – Draws the material color if faces are not displayed. Draws the color displayed next to Element Edges if the faces are displayed.
  2. Specified – Uses the color specified next to Element edges.
  3. Material – Displays the material color of the cell.
Element faces This option fills the elements with the material color.
Texture map image Used to "drape" an image over the surface of the 2D Mesh.
Mesh boundary Displays a solid line around the perimeter of the mesh. Displaying the boundary is useful when contours are being displayed with the element edges turned off.
Node numbers Displays the ID associated with each node next to the node.
Element numbers Displays the ID associated with each element at the centroid of the element.
Thin elements Highlights triangular elements with small aspect ratios. The minimum aspect ratio can be set using the Thin triangles aspect ratio option in the 2D mesh Preferences dialog.
Scalar values Displays the scalar values of the active dataset for each node next to the node.
Contours Most of the objects supported by GMS can be contoured by turning on the Contours option in the Display Options dialog. When an object is contoured, the values associated with the active dataset for the object are used to generate the contours.
Vectors If the Vectors item in the Display Options dialog is selected for an object (TIN, Grid, or Mesh), vector plots can be generated using the active vector dataset for the object. One vector is placed at each node, cell, or vertex.
The Display Options dialog showing the 2D Mesh tab.