MATLAB Function Reference    

Compute 3-D stream line data



XYZ = stream3(X,Y,Z,U,V,W,startx,starty,startz) computes stream lines from vector data U, V, W. The arrays X, Y, Z define the coordinates for U, V, W and must be monotonic and 3-D plaid (such as the data produced by meshgrid). startx, starty, and startz define the starting positions of the stream lines. The section Starting Points for Stream Plots in Visualization Techniques provides more information on defining starting points.

The returned value XYZ contains a cell array of vertex arrays.

XYZ = stream3(U,V,W,startx,starty,startz) assumes the arrays X, Y, and Z are defined as [X,Y,Z] = meshgrid(1:N,1:M,1:P) where [M,N,P] = size(U).

XYZ = stream3(...,options) specifies the options used when creating the stream lines. Define options as a one or two element vector containing the step size or the step size and the maximum number of vertices in a stream line:


If you do not specify values, MATLAB uses the default:

Use the streamline command to plot the data returned by stream3.


This example draws 3-D stream lines from data representing air currents over regions of North America.

See Also

coneplot, stream2, streamline

Volume Visualization for related functions

Specifying Starting Points for Stream Plots for related information

  stream2 streamline