2D curve: about


The various quantities calculated in Flux can be graphically represented as curves.

One can distinguish two types of curves:

  • The curves called « local » with regard to the representation of a local quantity in function of position
  • The curves called « temporal » or « parametric » with regard to the representation of a quantity in function of a parameter or of time.

2D Curves (Path) and (I/O Parameter)

The two types of curves called in the software 2D Curve (Path) and 2D Curve (I/O Parameter) are presented in the table below.

Type Description
2D Curve (path) curve along a path Graphic representation of one (or more) local quantity(s) in function of the position along a path (previously created)
2D Curve (I/O Parameter) curve in function of an I/O parameter Graphic representation of one (or more) local or global quantity(s) in function of a variable quantity (I/O parameter)


The general process comprises the following phases:

Phase Description

The user creates a 2D curve defining:

  • a name
  • a quantity on the abscissa (path, I/O parameter)
  • one or more quantities on ordinates (local quantity, I/O parameter)

The software creates the 2D curve i.e.:

  • calculation of the values corresponding to the elementary curves required by the user
  • calculation of the particular quantities associated to these elementary curves (min value, max value, averages, ...)
  • open a 2D sheet (specific tab bearing the name of the 2D curve )
  • displays the elementary curves in the graphic zone of this 2D sheet
  • performs the data storage

The user can:

  • ... in the 2D sheet:
    • visualize the elementary curves (visualization tools)
    • perform mathematical operations (tools for derivation, integration, ...)
    • edit, export the calculated values
  • ... from the data tree:
    • edit the particular quantities
    • verify the calculation conditions (scenario, ...)


Attention, it is necessary to define the vocabulary associated with the objects manipulated in Flux.

In this document, we name:

  • curve or elementary curve, a curve (in the usual sense of the term), i.e. the representation of the evolution law of a phenomenon
  • 2D Curve*, the entity Flux that regroups one or more elementary curves
Note: * This can be the 2D Curve (path) or the 2D Curve (I/O Parameter) , which are two types of distinct entities in the data tree.


The notions of 2D curve and of elementary curves are explained in the example below.

The 2D curve called CURVE1 regroups the following elementary curves: