3-D Visualization    

Example - Slicing Fluid Flow Data

This example slices through a volume generated by the flow M-file.

1. Investigate the Data

Generate the volume data with the command

Determine the range of the volume by finding the minimum and maximum of the coordinate data.

2. Create a Slice Plane at an Angle to the X-Axes

To create a slice plane that does not lie in an axes plane, first define a surface and rotate it to the desired orientation. This example uses a surface that has the same x and y coordinates as the volume.

Rotate the surface by -45 degrees about the x axis and save the surface XData, YData, and ZData to define the slice plane; then delete the surface.

3. Draw the Slice Planes

Draw the rotated slice plane, setting the FaceColor to interp so that it is colored by the figure colormap and set the EdgeColor to none. Increase the DiffuseStrength to .8 to make this plane shine more brightly after adding a light source.

Set hold to on and add three more orthogonal slice planes at xmax, ymax, and zmin to provide a context for the first plane, which slices through the volume at an angle.

4. Define the View

To display the volume in correct proportions, set the data aspect ratio to [1,1,1] (daspect). Adjust the axis to fit tightly around the volume (axis) and turn on the box to provide a sense of a 3-D object. The orientation of the axes can be selected initially using rotate3d to determine the best view.

Zooming in on the scene provides a larger view of the volume (camzoom). Selecting a projection type of perspective gives the rectangular solid more natural proportions than the default orthographic projection (camproj).

5. Add Lighting and Specify Colors

Adding a light to the scene makes the boundaries between the four slice planes more obvious since each plane forms a different angle with the light source (lightangle). Selecting a colormap with only 24 colors (the default is 64) creates visible gradations that help indicate the variation within the volume.

  Exploring Volumes with Slice Planes Modifying the Color Mapping