Display options control which features of the mesh are displayed. Each display feature associated with the mesh is listed in the 2D Mesh Display Options dialog which is accessed by selecting the Display Options command in the Display menu. Most of the items in the dialog represent features of the mesh that can be displayed. The toggle next to the feature can be toggled on or off to control whether or not the feature is to be displayed. In addition, the window to the left of the check box can be used to set the graphical attributes (line thickness, color, font, etc.) of the feature. The items in the dialog are as follows:
The Nodes item is used to display mesh nodes. A small circle is drawn at each node.
The Elements item is used to display the edges of elements. The elements can be drawn using either the default color for elements or using the color of the material associated with each element.
3 options are available for the element edges:
Auto- draws the material color if faces are not displayed. Uses black or white if the faces are displayed.
Specified- used the color specified next to the cell edges
Material- displays the material color of the cell
This option fills the elements with the material color.
The Mesh boundary item is used to display a solid line around the perimeter of the mesh. Displaying the boundary is useful when contours are being displayed with the element edges turned off.
The Node Numbers item is used to display the ID associated with each node next to the node.
The Element numbers item is used to display the ID associated with each element at the centroid of the element.
If the Thin elements item is set, triangular elements with small aspect ratios are highlighted. The minimum aspect ratio can be set using the Aspect Ratio command in the Modify Mesh menu.
The Scalar Values item is used to display the scalar values of the active dataset for each node next to the node.
Texture Map Image
The Texture Map Image Item is used to "drape" an image over the surface of the 2D Mesh.
2D Mesh Module