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The table below lists the CFD data interfaces in EnSight (including EnSight Free).

For a table showing CFD and non-CFD interfaces see here.

Type 1 — Included Readers
Type 2 — Not Included User-Defined Readers
Type 3 — Stand-Alone Translators
Type 4 — EnSight Format


Data Format/ProgramTypeDescriptionCFD/FEA/Other
ADINA CFD4Exports EnSight Case format CFD
ACUSOLVE2Contact vendor for informationCFD
Airpak1,3,4Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile formatCFD
AVUS1,4See the knowledge base.CFD
Barracuda4Exports EnSight CaseCFD
Caedium4Exports EnSight CaseCFD
CFD++4Exports EnSight Case formatCFD
CFD-ACE+3Use Free CFD-Toolkit under UTILS directory of CFD-ACE+ to convert DTF to EnSight Gold formatCFD
CFD-FASTRAN3Use Free CFD-Toolkit under UTILS directory of CFD-FASTRAN to convert DTF to EnSight Gold formatCFD
CFDESIGN1Uses Tecplot files and readersCFD
CFX1,3,41. Direct reader for CFX5, CFX10 and CFX11, etc.

2. CFX can export EnSight Case Format

3. Direct reader for CFX4, see Knowledge Base
CFX - TASCflow3Converts TASCflow output to EnSight format (or use Plot3Dconverter from vendor).
CGNS1User reader. There is a new CGNS 3.1 reader as of Q4 2011.CFD
Cobalt1,4User defined reader (see AVUS)CFD
Converge4Exports EnSight CaseCFD, Combustion
CRAFT4Exports EnSight Case Gold formatCFD
CRUNCH4Exports EnSight Case Gold formatCFD
ED-Designer4Exports EnSight Case format CFD
EDEM4Exports EnSight Case format Particle
ESTET1Direct internal readerCFD
FAST Unstructured1Direct reader for NASA FAST unstructured formatCFD
FDS4Code exports PLOT3D format (

See tutorial for loading FDS data into EnSight.

PDF document explaining how to run FDS to export data so that EnSight can read it, and basics of using EnSight on the FDS data.
FEFLO3Contact vendor for informationReservoir
FENSAP4Contact vendorCFD
FIDAP1Direct reader for FIDAP neutral (FDNEUT) filesCFD
FINE/Open& FINE/Hexa4Numeca's FINE/Open ( FINE/Hexa) now exporting EnSight Case Gold format. Other FINE/products use Plot3D or CGNS files/reader.CFD
FIRE4Code exports EnSight formatCFD
FLD1Direct reader for SC/Tetra, scSTREAM, Heat Designer products from Software Cradle (EnSight 10)CFD
FloEFD4Code exports EnSight format if you have licensed efd2ensight. DetailsCFD
Flow-3D Cast1User-defined reader for FLOW-3D results (flsgrf) filesCFD, Casting
Flow-3D1User-defined reader for FLOW-3D results (flsgrf) files.

How is EnSight uniquely suited to Flow-3D data?
Fluent1,3,4Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile formatCFD
Forte1, 4Forte has a direct reader (see Reaction Design for this) and an export to EnSight format.CFD, Combustion
GASP4Exports EnSight Case formatCFD
GUST4Exports EnSight Case formatCFD
HEAT Designer1See "FLD" direct readerCFD
Icepak1,3,4Direct reader, translator and exports EnSight casefile formatCFD
Karalit4Exports Case Gold FormatCFD
KIVA-32,3,4See Knowledge Base
CFD, Combustion
KIVA-44Modified fulout.f to export EnSight 5 files. CFD, Combustion
NCC2Interface to National Combustion Code, CFD
NSMB2User-defined reader developed by CERFACS and CSCSCFD
OpenFOAM2,4New! Direct reader for OpenFOAM data.

Includes both reader and export facilities for EnSight
PAM-FLOW2User-defined reader from ESI to read native PAM-FLOW filesCFD
ParticleWorks3Translator converts Particleworks result files to EnSight Case files in ASCII format. (Binary conversion pending)CFD
PLOT3D1Direct reader for PLOT3D and FAST structured formats CFD
Polyflow1,4Direct reader and outputs EnSight Case format CFD
PowerFlow3 CFD
RADIOSS-CFD1Contact MCUBE for interface detailsCFD
SC/TETRA1See "FLD" direct reader.CFD
SC/TETRA4SC/TETRA exports EnSight Casefile format, see Knowledge Base CFD
Star-CD ( > v3.0.5) 1,4Star-CD exports EnSight Casefile format, see the knowledge base.

A Direct Reader is standard in EnSight.
STAR-CCM+4Code exports EnSight Casefile formatCFD
SU21EnSight's Tecplot ASCII reader works for the SU2 data.
Sample data here:
TECPLOT1User-defined readers for structured and unstructured formats TECPLOT binary, TECPLOT_ASCII for v10 ASCIIOther
UH3D4See the knowledge base.
Support > Knowledge Base
UNCLE2User-defined reader, CFD
UNIC-CFD3Contact vendor for interface CFD
TetrUSS /USM3D3Use Translator to EnSightCFD
VECTIS1,3User-defined reader CFD
WIND/CFF1Common File Format (WIND code) reader source included as well as executables for Linux.CFD
XFLOW4XFLOW exports EnSight Case Gold format. Search "XFLOW" in our "FAQs" for more details.CFD


Explanation of the types of interfaces:

Type 1 — Included Readers — These are accessed by choosing the desired format in the Data Reader dialog. They include common data formats as well as a number of readers for commercial software. These can be internal EnSight Readers as well as User-Defined Readers that interface to EnSight’s User-Defined Reader API. If the included reader is a User-Defined Reader there may be more info in $CEI_HOME/ensight80/src/readers. Also see the EnSight Online User Manual for details on using the reader.  If you wish to create a data reader this article can be helpful.

Type 2 — Not Included User-Defined Readers — These are readers written by customers or vendors using EnSight’s User-Defined Reader API. These have the advantage of not requiring a separate data translation step and thus reduce user effort and disk storage requirements. EnSight users can obtain these readers by following the contact information in the table. For writing your own User-Defined Reader, complete documentation and dummy routines may be found in the directory $CEI_HOME/ensight80/src/readers.  If you wish to create a data reader this article can be helpful.

Type 3 — Stand-Alone Translators — These are written by customers or vendors to convert data into EnSight format files. Several translators are provided with EnSight. These are found in the directory $CEI_HOME/ensight80/translators. Translators must first be compiled before they can be used. Some require links to libraries provided by the vendor of the program in question. See the README files found in each translator’s directory. For writing your own translator, a complete description of EnSight formats can be found in Chapter 11 of the EnSight Online User Manual.

Type 4 — EnSight Format — These are software vendors that support the EnSight format directly, i.e. an option is provided in their products to output data in EnSight5 or EnSight Case format. If you wish to export EnSight format directly, a complete description of EnSight formats can be found in Chapter 11 of the EnSight Online User Manual.

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