ParaView Med for Windows to open Code_Aster results

As demonstrated in a previous post, Salome Paravis module can be used to import Code_Aster rmed results on Windows. Some people showed interest to a standalone ParaView version with Med support as an alternative to Salome. Although official ParaView does not include Med format, the fact of the matter is that it is possible to extract the ParaView version contained in a Salome installation. After a repack, a standalone ParaView with Med support is obtained.

Install Paraview 5.1 with Med support

Paraview 5.1 with Med for Windows is available in our download page. Extraction and repack was done from the official Salome 8.2 version. Simply download and extract the provided archive using 7-zip.
ParaView with Med support installation on Windows ParaView with Med support installation on Windows
Then launch paraview-med.bat from the extracted directory.

ParaView with Med support launching on Windows
Paraview is now running on Windows, ready to open a Code_Aster Windows rmed result file.
ParaView with Med support running on Windows

Open a Code_Aster Windows rmed result

Select in the menu bar, File -> Open and then select a rmed file to open. In this example we pick up the forma02a.rmed file, generated by a Code_Aster Windows run, as described in this post.
Open a Code_Aster Windows rmed result file with ParaView Med on Windows Selection of a Code_Aster Windows rmed result file with ParaView Med on Windows
The view is identical to what it looks like in the Salome Paravis module. Click on Apply to make the mesh result appear, then right click on the mesh and select Color By -> RESU__DEPL.
Show of a Code_Aster Windows rmed result file with ParaView Med on Windows Choose color by on ParaView Med on Windows to display Code_Aster Windows results
Displacement field of Code_Aster Windows rmed result file with ParaView Med on Windows

Open a mmed mesh file

This version of ParaView with Med does not recognize the Code_Aster “mmed” extension. As an alternative you can rename the file and modify it’s extension to “med”. Else, select “All files (*)” in “File of type” combobox.
Selection of a Code_Aster Windows mmed mesh file with ParaView Med on Windows

Then you can select a mmed file.

Selection of a Code_Aster Windows mmed mesh file with ParaView Med on Windows
ParaView does not recognize “mmed” extension. You should manually select “MED Files”  and click to the OK button.
Selection of med format in ParaView Med on Windows
Then as usual, click on Apply. You can also choose “Surface with Edges” in the combobox for the mesh to be dislpayed with edges.
Med format mesh file showed in ParaView Med on Windows

Med format mesh file showed with edges in ParaView Med on Windows

Conclusion

Salome is a powerful framework, with a lot of functionalities and modules that can be turned to a great business tools. We presented here a standalone Paraview version with med support. As an alternative to Salome, it can give a much more lighter framework for Code_Aster on Windows for the one not interested to advanced Salome features.

2 thoughts on “ParaView Med for Windows to open Code_Aster results

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. This Paraview version correspond to the one shipped with Salome. Unfortunately current version used by Salome is 5.1.2. It may be possible, but difficult, to adapt what is done by hand for version 5.4+. The best is to wait for an upgrade to version 5.4+ in Salome and do the repack for Paraview med then.

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