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Getting Started Tecplot for Barracuda

The webinar is hosted by Scott Fowler, Tecplot 360 Product Manager, and Sam Clark, Barracuda Virtual Reactor Product Manager.


You won’t find a tutorial here, but I will give you a tour of what Barracuda Virtual Reactor® users will see as they begin to use Tecplot for Barracuda to look at their simulation results. And for anyone who is not familiar with Barracuda from past experience, I’ll point out a few things that make Barracuda unique among CFD codes.

Barracuda Virtual Reactor® is the industry standard for CFD simulation of industrial fluidization systems, and it just got a whole lot more powerful thanks to a recent partnership with Tecplot, Inc. This Webinar will help you get started using Tecplot for Barracuda while learning best practices for plotting and analyzing Virtual Reactor™ data. 

Tecplot for Barracuda will greatly enhance the ease-of-use, flexibility, and operating system compatibility of Barracuda’s post-processing capabilities. The CPFD Software team is excited about Tecplot for Barracuda and we are confident that Barracuda users will find it to be a powerful tool for post-processing their simulation results.

Webinar Agenda

  • Tecplot and CPFD​
  • CPFD and Barracuda Virtual Reactor​
  • Fluidized Bed Example​
  • Where to learn more​

First I’ll give you a quick overview of the example problem we’re going to be using to do this demo today, this is a large industrial scale fluidized catalytic cracking regenerator and Barracuda is very strong in this area. It has become an industry standard for people who are doing simulations of FCC regenerators. This particular example is based on a case study that was presented at the 2016 AFPM annual meeting. There is a paper available if you want to dig in to more of the details of the case study itself and what the engineering conclusions were. That paper is available on the CPFD Software website.

Demonstration Outline

  • Launching Tecplot360 from the Barracuda GUI​
  • Viewing the Grid and Boundary Conditions
  • Exploring 3D simulation results​
  • Using multiple frames
  • Selecting spatial regions using blanking
  • Working with layouts and frame styles​
  • Comparing two simulations side-by-side​
  • Extracting data from 3D results
  • Plotting data from Barracuda’s text-based output files