SMS:Film Loop Drogue Plot Options

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Film Loop Setup – Drogue Plot Options dialog in the Film Loop Wizard.

This page of the Film Loop Setup wizard allows setting up color options that pertain only to drogue plots. A color ramp can be set up to display points in a color based on either its current velocity or the total distance it has traveled. The minimum value is always zero so the maximum value defines the range to be used for the specified color ramp. It may be necessary to experiment with this maximum value to get something that is desirable like for a specific model. The head of each particle can be from one (1) to six (6) pixels in size. The maximum tail length is specified in hours and can fade to black or remain solid. If it's not desirable to have a tail, then set the fade time to zero (0.0).

It's possible to specify the background to be either a solid color or an image that has been already opened and registered. If there isn't an image open, then that option is not available. The background of the model domain is always black.

The final option on this page allows a statistical report to be written while the particles are computed.

Particle Report

When creating a drogue plot, SMS can write out the following statistical information for each particle:

  • The particle’s starting and ending location.
  • The start and end times for each particle in decimals days.
  • The total distance it traveled over the length of the animation.
  • The minimum, maximum, and average velocity at which it traveled.

Be aware that when a particle leaves the domain, it can no longer be tracked so the ending location will be the point at which it left the domain. Click the Browse button to set the name of the report file.

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