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ABAQUS: nice colorbar ranges

Lance C. Hibbeler's picture

I have produced a python script that automates setting up reasonable values in the ABAQUS/CAE colorbar, basically setting up Tecplot functionality.  After executing the script from File->Run Script, you have access to a function that you can call in the built-in interpreter,

>>> SetContourRange(minval, maxval)

where minval and maxval are the min and max values that you want to be colored.  You can call this function as many times as you like after running the script.  There is an optional argument minIntervals (defaults to 10) that recommends to the function how many intervals you want between min and max.  It finds the nearest 1, 0.5, 0.25, or 0.2 (times the appropriate power of 10) that nicely splits the specified range, as shown in the example figure attached to this message.

I hereby release this into the public domain, but I request that you keep my name with the code (creative commons attribution-share alike).

If anyone spots any problems, let me know.


==== begin python code ====


def SetContourRange(minval, maxval, vp='Viewport: 1', minIntervals=10):
    Sets up nice contour ranges in ABAQUS/CAE
    Written by Lance C. Hibbeler, August 2014

    from math import fabs, ceil, floor, copysign
    from abaqusConstants import USER_DEFINED

    minval = float(minval)    # ensure minval is float
    maxval = float(maxval)    # ensure minval is float

    r = maxval - minval          # range of input
    d = int(round(log10(r)))-1   # next lowest power of 10 of range

    # find appropriate interval size from {1, 0.5, 0.25, 0.2}
    for i in [1, 2, 4, 5]:
        numIntervals = int(round(float(i)*r/(10.0**d)))
        if numIntervals >= minIntervals:
            interval = (10.0**d)/float(i)

    # find first interval larger than minval
    if (minval < 0.0) and (maxval > 0):
        s = 1.0
        s = 0.0
    imin = copysign((ceil(fabs(minval)/interval)-s)*interval, minval)

    # find first interval smaller than maxval
    imax = copysign(floor(fabs(maxval)/interval)*interval, maxval)

    # define intervals
    ival = imin
    intervals = [ival]
    build = True
    while (build == True):
        ival = ival + interval
        if (ival > imax):
            build = False

    # setup abaqus viewport
    co = session.viewports[vp].odbDisplay.contourOptions
    co.setValues(intervalType=USER_DEFINED, intervalValues=intervals)


==== end python code ====

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You can change the number of intervals in Abaqus CAE too. 

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