How to visualize the results in OUTPUT_ELEME in 2D plot



I would like to know if it it is possible to visualize the results obtained in OUTPUT_ELEME excel file  using toughio in 2D plot. 

Thanks in advance

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  • The easiest way that does not require any Python scripting is to use the command line program (see

    In your terminal or console (not Python IDE such as Spyder), cd to your simulation directory where your OUTPUT_ELEME.csv is located, and run:

    toughio-export OUTPUT_ELEME.csv -t int

    where `int` stands for the time step number you want to export (by default the last time step `-1`). This command will create a VTK file that you can simply drag and drop to ParaView ( for visualization.

    If you want all the time steps in the same file and kind of animate your results, append the option `-f xdmf`:

    toughio-export OUTPUT_ELEME.csv -f xdmf

    You can open the XDMF file in ParaView too.

  • Keurfon Luu said:
    not Python IDE such as Spyder

     You said that Python IDE such as Spyder can not be used. So which IDE that I can use? Can I use Matlab or Visual studio?

    • Refaat G Hashish Not an IDE. I said a terminal or console such as Windows console, Anaconda Prompt...

    • Keurfon Luu I run the command line, however I find the following error message.

    • Refaat G Hashish Do not run the command in Python. `toughio-export` is a command line script that should be run in a console or terminal (e.g. Anaconda Prompt). Open Anaconda Prompt and run the command, it should work.

    • Keurfon Luu I used Anaconda Prompt as illustrated in the attached photo. The error message indicates that toughio-export is not recogonized.

    • Refaat G Hashish What happen if you install toughio again from Anaconda Prompt?

      pip install toughio --user
    • Keurfon Luu thank you Keurfon for sharing your tools, to answer this question i want to say that the same error rises 

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