Yes, thanks. I tried to recreate the field only and it works perfect. The Method evaluate_at() requires basically only the points where I want to have the interpolation and the saved displacement results vector. Cool.

Thank you and regards,

2017-11-01 15:21 GMT+01:00 Robert Cimrman <>:
On 11/01/2017 12:04 PM, Kathrin Sobe wrote:
Hi Robert,

thanks for the clarification.

I was trying out your idea with reloading the problem. It works, but I
aggree that this is not really the solution I was looking for. Saving the
whole instance is too heavy.

The easiest way might be to re-create the field only, and call the evaluate_at().

Probably there is another approach: For doing the interpolation outside of
sfepy I would need the regression functions of some of the tetrahedral
elements (basis function of the tetrahedral elements) where the evaluation
points are located. Is it possible to get this in a reasonable way after
the domain or problem is defined, just by giving the evaluation points?

Then I could just multiply the displacements with the basis to get the
interpolation of the points. Probably these things are already used inside
of evaluate_at(). I was just not able to follow everything that is done in
this function. Alternatively, I can calculate the basis on my own, but I
prefer to reuse the things that are already there. Problably you have good
recommendation? Thank you again.

Yes, the evaluate_at() function does two things:
1. for each physical point it finds its corresponding cell (element) and a reference element point that maps to that physical point. (get_ref_coors())
2. for each found cell, evaluate its basis in the found reference element points, and multiply it by the DOFs in the cell nodes. (evaluate_in_rc())

So 2. is essentially what you mean, but it does not make the matrix of the evaluated basis functions explicitly - it just applies the basis to the given DOFs (like a matrix action in matrix-free solvers).

It is possible to assemble the (sparse) basis matrix explicitly, given the data from 1. and the field DOF connectivity (see self.get_econn('volume', self.region) call).

Does this help?


2017-10-31 11:44 GMT+01:00 Robert Cimrman <>:

Hi Kathrin,

On 10/30/2017 03:59 PM, Kathrin Sobe wrote:

Hi Robert,

thank you for the help.

The interplation was working according to the examples from tests.

This is a part of the code from my linear elastic problem, the result
extraction (displacements, stress and strain) and the additional
interpolation of certain points at the end:

      # field and field variables
      field = Field.from_args('displacement', numpy.float64, 3, omega,
      u = FieldVariable('u', 'unknown', field, order=0)
      v = FieldVariable('v', 'test', field, primary_var_name='u')
      # run simulation
      vec = pb.solve()
      # postprocessing and saving results
      output_dict = vec.create_output_dict(fill_value=None,
                                             linearization=None)  # u als
      # struct array displacements, strain, stress
      output_dict = post_process(output_dict, pb, state, extend=True)
      nodes_displacements = output_dict['u'].data
      strain_tensors = output_dict['cauchy_strain'].data
      stress_tensors = output_dict['cauchy_stress'].data

      p1 = numpy.array([1120, 53.375, 60.804])
      coors = numpy.array([p1])
      interpolations = u.evaluate_at(coors)

My question is: Is it possible to run the point interpolation after
everything is finished and closed just by loading the saved result data.
What I mean is, I run the FE simulation in a first step and I save
the results (displacements, stress, strain). Later, I would like to load
the saved data and run the point interpolation. As far as I understand the
code, I would need the
FieldVariable and the Field, but also the results data of the problem.
Could you give some advice what would be necessary for saving to reload
required data structures for the interpolation?

You could try using Problem.save_restart() (to save the state after the
problem is solved) and Problem.load_restart() (to load the state instead of
solving again). But this needs the full problem instance, which might be
too heavy. This use case was not really considered.


Thank you,

2017-10-24 21:24 GMT+02:00 Robert Cimrman <>:

Hi Kathrin,

On 10/24/2017 06:08 PM, Kathrin Sobe wrote:

Hi Robert,

I was looking for a postprocessing method to calculate the displacements
for points on the surface of the mesh that are not necessarily node
Precisely I need a interpolation function that gives me the
displacement of
these points. The input would be the already calculated linear elastic
problem from my earlier example with the node displacements as result.

In the sfepy documentation I found the probing described here:

Is this the right way to solve the interpolation? Do you recommend
something different?

Yes, the best is to use FieldVariable.evaluate_at(), which can evaluate a
FE field variable in physical points coordinates (i.e. not reference
element coordinates) - check tests/ or
tests/ Unfortunately, there is no example showing
feature, just the tests.


Thank you and regards,