# Contact Thermal Plot Item

Description

Thermal contacts are rendered as disks (3D only), cylinders, spheres, or arrows and are colored by attributes or properties.

This plot item is controlled identically to the Contacts plot item; the difference between them is the set of options available on the Color By attribute, which are enumerated below.

Attributes

Shape

See the description for the contact plot item.

Color By

Specify what aspect of the item is to be rendered, from one of three mutually exclusive groups (only one selection from any group is active at one time): text values, numeric values, and vector quantities. If a Vector Qty is chosen, an additional field is added to specify whether a component ($$x$$, $$y$$, or $$z$$) or the magnitude (mag) of the vector should be rendered.

Selecting -->Add Prop at the bottom of a selector will provide a dialog that allows the user to specify a new property to add to the list (and make it the active color by selection).

The labels ATTRIBUTE and PROPERTY on a selector do nothing; these are provided to visually differentiate the two groups.

Table 1: Text Value options
Name Description
extra Colors by extra variable. An additional field is supplied to identify the variable by its index.
group Colors by group. An additional field is supplied to specify the slot index. The default setting is Any (which occupies index position 0 on the spinbox).
contact type
model name
force chain
state
Table 2: Numeric Value options
Name Description
extra Colors by extra variable. An additional field is supplied to identify the variable by its index.
gap
temperature
thexp
thres
Table 3: Vector Quantity options
Name Description
extra Colors by extra variable. An additional field is supplied to identify the variable by its index.
power

Color Opt

See the description for the contact plot item.

Display

See the description for the contact plot item.

Map

See the description for the contact plot item.

All Contacts

See the description for the contact plot item.

Transparency

See the description for the contact plot item.

Legend

See the description for the contact plot item.