Sets the input data for a three dimensional (3D) spline entity that is defined using *Spline3D().


*SetSpline3D(varname, {
                                 |VALUE,   nz,nx,           
                                       z1,z2,.., znz,
                                   xnx,ynx_z1,ynx_z2,.. ynx_nz
                                 |USER, user_sub
                                , extrap)


The variable name of the spline entity.
Data type: variable
A keyword to suggest the method by which the input data is provided.
See Comments below.
Data type: keyword
The file name with the path of the .csv file (if the preceding attribute is FILE).
Data type: string
The number of Z planes in the data.
Data type: integer
The number of X values.
Data type: integer
y 1_z1 , y 1_z2 , y nx_nz
The Y value corresponding to a particular Z value and X value. For example, y1_z2 corresponds to y value at x=x1 and z=z2.
Data type: real
x 1 , x 2 .., x nx
The X values that make up the column vector for the first independent variable.
Data type: real
z 1 , z 2 .., z nz
The Z values that make up the plane for the second independent variable.
Data type: real
The USER expression that calls the subroutine that has the function to read the spline data.
Data type: string
Valid values are: NORMAL|LIN_EXTRAP. When LIN_EXTRAP is used, the Y data is linearly extrapolated at the ends during the solution, if the X values go out of the supplied range.
Data type: keyword


Example 1

In the example below, the spline data is supplied through a reference .csv file and uses the LIN_EXTRAP keyword:
*Spline3D( spl3d_theta, “Force Theta Spline" )
*ActionReactionForce( frc_combust, "Combustion Force", TRANS, b_piston, b_cyl, p_piston_ctr, m_Combustion_ref )
*SetForce( frc_combust,LIN, , LIN, , SPL3D, spl3d_theta, , `MOD({j_crank.AZ}*rtod, 720)`, `{j_crank.WZ}` ) 
*SetSpline3D( spl3d_theta,  FILE, "3d_spline.csv", LIN_EXTRAP )

Example 2

In the example below, the spline data is supplied directly as values. The first argument after the VALUE keyword represents the number of Z planes, while the next argument represents the number of row data in the XY array. The first set of values that follow (equal to number of Z planes) represents the Z plane values, while the remaining data represents the XY data. Within this set, the first value is the X data and the next set represents Y data corresponding to each Z data, and so on.

The formatting of data as a table (shown below) is done for clarity only.
*Spline3D( spl3d_1, "Spline Value" )
*SetSpline3D( spl3d_1,VALUE, 3, 11
                                   ,    10,       20,       30,
0.00E+00, 1.05E+02, 1.17E+02, 1.24E+02,
1.00E+00, 1.06E+02, 1.16E+02, 1.23E+02,
2.00E+00, 1.10E+02, 1.15E+02, 1.22E+02,
3.00E+00, 1.20E+02, 1.25E+02, 1.18E+02,
4.00E+00, 1.15E+02, 1.24E+02, 1.20E+02,
5.00E+00, 1.13E+02, 1.20E+02, 1.21E+02,
6.00E+00, 1.08E+02, 1.17E+02, 1.19E+02,
7.00E+00, 1.09E+02, 1.14E+02, 1.17E+02,
8.00E+00, 1.06E+02, 1.16E+02, 1.15E+02,
9.00E+00, 1.03E+02, 1.13E+02, 1.12E+02,
1.00E+01, 9.90E+01, 1.10E+02, 1.14E+02,

Example 3

In the above example, the Spline3D data is defined through a local Python subroutine library with the name “local_spline3d” which contains a function “SPLINE_READ”. The *SetSpline3D statement contains the user expression USER(1) that enables the solver to call the subroutine. The values within the parenthesis act as input parameters to the subroutine.
*Spline3D( spl3d_2, “Spline3D User Sub" )
*SetSpline3D( spl3d_2, USER, `USER(1)`, NORMAL )
*SetLocalUserDLLFlag( spl3d_2,                    true )
*SetLocalUserFunction( spl3d_2,  "local_spline3d", PYTHON, “SPLINE_READ” )








  1. FILE
    The spline data is provided via an external reference file in .csv format and the following attribute csv_file should refer to the .csv file with path. Refer to the Spline3D Panel topic in the MotionView. User's Guide to learn about the .csv file format.
    The spline data is provided directly as values. the following arguments provide the number of z planes and number of rows. Subsequently the Z plane values and XY values are provided.
    The spline data is supplied to the solver through the user defined subroutine.
  2. A scale or offset can be applied to the Spline3D using the *SetSpline3DAttributes() statement (applicable for the FILE and VALUE types only).