Contour Plots of Triangulated Data

TRIANGULATION_ORDER3_CONTOUR is a MATLAB program which reads datafiles describing a set of nodes, their triangulation, and the value of a scalar quantity at each node, and creates a color contour plot of the scalar.

The program reads three data files:

The program automatically displays three plots:

  1. An line drawing of the triangulation;
  2. A color contour plot with color constant over a triangle.
  3. A color contour plot with color linearly interpolated to make a very nice picture.


triangulation_order3_contour ( 'prefix' )


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


TRIANGULATION_ORDER3_CONTOUR is available in a MATLAB version.

Related Data and Programs:

DIST_PLOT, a MATLAB program which makes contour plots of the distance function, as defined and used in Persson and Strang's distmesh code;

FEM, a data directory which contains a description and examples of the FEM format.

FEM_BASIS_T3_DISPLAY, a MATLAB program which displays a basis function associated with a linear triangle ("T3") mesh.

FEM2D_PLOT_GPL, a MATLAB program which reads information about nodes, elements and nodal values for a 2D finite element method (FEM) and creates a GPL file describing a surface plot of U(X,Y), which can be displayed by GNUPLOT.

LEVELS, a MATLAB library which makes a contour plot, choosing the contour levels using random sampling.

TABLE, the data format which is used for each of the three input data files.

TRIANGULATION, a MATLAB library which carries out various operations on order 3 ("linear") or order 6 ("quadratic") triangulations.

TRIANGULATION_CORNER, a MATLAB program which patches triangulations so that no triangle has two sides on the boundary.

TRIANGULATION_DELAUNAY_DISCREPANCY, a MATLAB program which measures the amount by which a triangulation fails the local Delaunay test;

TRIANGULATION_HISTOGRAM, a MATLAB program which computes histograms of data over a triangulation.

TRIANGULATION_MASK, a MATLAB program which takes an existing triangulation and deletes triangles and their corresponding nodes as requested by the user.

TRIANGULATION_ORDER3, a directory which describes the format for the node and element files describing an order 3 triangulation.

TRIANGULATION_ORDER6_CONTOUR, a MATLAB program which can display a contour plot of scalar data defined on a triangulation of order 6.

TRIANGULATION_ORIENT, a MATLAB program which reads data defining a triangulation, makes sure that every triangle has positive orientation, and if not, writes a corrected triangle file.

TRIANGULATION_QUAD, a MATLAB program which estimates the integral of a function over a triangulated region.

TRIANGULATION_REFINE, a MATLAB program which reads data defining a triangulation, replaces each triangle by four congruent smaller ones, and writes the new triangulation information to a file.

TWOD_PLOTC, a MATLAB program which makes a color contour plot of scalar data defined on a 2D finite element mesh.

Source Code:

Examples and Tests:

CHANNEL is a channel region 3 units wide and 1 unit high. A Stokes flow solver has computed the fluid velocity and pressure in the channel. The pressure is a scalar and can be plotted by this routine. Data files you can copy include:

ELL is an L-shaped region. Data files you can copy include:

ELL2 is the same as ELL, except we do not supply the elements. The program will work just the same, except it will compute triangular elements internally, and write a copy out as a file.

LAKE is a simulated lake with an island region. Data files you can copy include:

You can go up one level to the MATLAB source codes.

Last revised on 11 January 2010