When this Examine function is selected, no diagnostic function is calculated for the selected entities. The Cell Type function allows you
to easily visualize surface and volume cells by their type by providing controls to toggle individual cell type rendering on and off. You can also control the
render color of each cell type. Cells on a block's interior can be visualized by type using cutting planes without having a diagnostic function plotted on the
Tip: The Cell Type function is a good choice when you wish to simply view the interior cells of domains or blocks. This
function avoids computation costs that other functions might incur while still displaying the block's interior cells.
You can quickly visualize surface and volume cells by type using the Cell Type examine function. This figure shows the panel
for a surface grid (left) and a volume grid (right).
The Cells frame provides checkboxes to toggle visibility of each cell type individually. For the case of volume cells, there is also
the All checkbox which toggles visibility for all volume cell types simultaneously. Next to each cell type label is a color selector tool allowing
you to change the render color for each cell type. Note that Pointwise maintains two independent cell display mask (i.e., which cell types are checked on and
which ones are unchecked): one mask to be applied globally and another mask to be applied at cutting planes.
To define the global volume cell display status (i.e., which volume cell types should be rendered globally), select the Global option in
the Display Style frame and check on and off the appropriate volume cell types. Similarly, to define the cutting plane display status (i.e., which
volume cell types should be rendered when a cutting plane is defined), select the Cutting Plane option in the Display Style frame and check
on and off the appropriate volume cell types.
Generally, when using the Global setting you will only be looking at a single volume cell type throughout a block's volume. You should avoid
viewing All volume cell types using Global as this will render all of the volume cells at once in the selected blocks currently
in Examine. On the other hand, when viewing a cutting plane you can easily view one or more types of volume cells at that location. For a description
of the remaining options in the Display frame, refer to Examine, Examine tab, Display section.