TitleTensor Visualization in Computational Geomechanics (Article)
inInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Author(s) Boris Jeremic, Gerik Scheuermann, Jan Frey, Zhaohui Yang, Bernd Hamann, Ken Joy, Hans Hagen
Keyword(s)tensor visualization; computational geomechanics
Year 2002
Abstract We present a novel technique for visualizing tensors in three dimensional (3D) space. Of particular interest is the visualization of stress tensors resulting from 3D numerical simulations in computational geomechanics. To this end we present three different approaches to visualizing tensors in 3D space, namely hedgehogs, hyperstreamlines and hyperstreamsurfaces. We also present a number of examples related to stress distributions in 3D solids subjected to single and load couples. In addition, we present stress visualizations resulting from single-pile and pile-group computations. The main objective of this work is to investigate various techniques for visualizing general Cartesian tensors of rank 2 and itís application to geomechanics problems.