Plots the contours of a function defined on an unstructured triangular grid directly, without the need to interpolate back onto a Cartesian array.
I have attempted to replicate much of the functionality of the regular "contour" function.
Type "help tricontour"
Type "contourdemo" for some examples
You may also find my mesh generator "mesh2d.m" in the physics and Chem section helpful.
- Can now be used with clabel
- A bit faster
- Much more accurate (now uses quadratic interpolation)
Darren Engwirda (2020). Contours for triangular grids (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/10408-contours-for-triangular-grids), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .
do you know why the demo script does not work with clabel?
Error using clabel (line 77)
Not enough contour handles.
Hello, and thank you for this contour plot method! The functionality missing for triangle grids in MATLAB is indeed a bit frustrating. I have a small problem with this method though. I am using MATLAB 2015b, and I guess there has been some changes in the contour handle in the meantime. In particular the patch array, which is returned from the tricontour method creates a "Not enough contour handles" error in the clabel-call. MATLAB's contour method returns a handle that is a "contour"-object. I couldn't figure out much about how this object is created, it seems I have no access to the method that is creating the handle. Does anyone have a work-around this?
Great! any plans to make a version with filled contours? (like contourf) that'd be even better!
could somone please help, ive tried following the examples but it keeps telling me i dont put in enough arguments.
i have x,y, and dz as my coords
Thank you Darren. I appreciate your superb contribution.
Why I got some artifacts when using my own triangulated mesh? It generated some "contours" at the places where no triangles exist. Does anybody know why?
The mesh is no problem; I double checked.
very usful, must be integrated to matlab.
I'm sure this will be 5* when I get it to work; excuse my ignorance. I have a triangular mesh and x,y,z data that I plot with
trisurf(tri, x, y, z)
and I tried
[c, h] = tricontour([x y], tri, z, 15)
but I get an error where it tries flag(NaN). I'm pretty sure my data is OK, and trisurf works fine...
Sorry I missed three pnts when I shortened the lines. It should be like this.
A=[0 0 .5;1 0 .6; 1 1 .7;1 1 .7;2 1 .6;2 2 .5;1 1 .7;2 0 .4;2 1 .6];
x=A(:,1); y=A(:,2); z=A(:,3);
I tried to use Fepoint format as in tecplot, but your suggestion not using pnt no.4 will plot the contour lines between my triangulars not within them. I am sorry that I did not quite understand the clauses arround 'bnd(next) = ce; % Found bnd edge' . Anyway, you have done a very nice job and I really appreciate your contribution and your assistance to me. I can try to fix my own problem later.
In the test case given by Xavy, note that there are a pair of points at (x,y) == (1,1). This will cause any such routine to fail that is based on triangulating the data.
With replicates in your data, remove them, averaging the z values at those replicated points.
Of course, even this will not help your example, since you then try to create a triangulation
You only have SIX points in the set of point in A. Surely you cannot create a triangulation that refers to points 7, 8 and 9 too! A valid triangulation of this data would be
T = [1 2 3;2 3 5;3 5 6];
See that I never needed to use point 4, but also that this is a valid triangulation. I would expect tricontour to work properly with this triangulation.
A=[0 0 .5;1 0 .6; 1 1 .7; 1 1 .7; 2 1 .6; 2 2 .5];
x=A(:,1); y=A(:,2); z=A(:,3);
[c,h] = tricontour(P,T,z,3); % why not work ?
T = delaunayn(P);
[c,h] = tricontour(P,T,z,3); % % why not work ?
% This has to be improved?????????????
Works very well, there is just a minor issue: the contours are not interpolated at the boundaries of the surface .
Works well... seems to be a bit slow, but I may be showing a bias (comparing with traditional fortran generated machine code)
it's very usefull for chemical, mechanical and civil. to analysis critical domain. i wish to develop 3D domain also
This is what I have been looking for since I start using Matlab. Great job well done! I wish to see this code in the next Matlab release. I find this code very useful to those who solve CFD problems with matlab. The author deserve my five star ranking. I would encourage the author to advance this code for 3D case. I am free at last!
Very good contribution. I wish the author could extend the tricontour function to handle 3D triangle meshes as well.
Very nice. This is a function that should have been in Matlab itself since the day they provided trisurf and trimesh. It handled some troublesome cases I tried when I tried to break it. I'll give it a 5 rating because it deserves that rating. My only wish is that it was even more compatible with the contour functionality of matlab. For example, no handles are returned, in case you wish to set a line color or style. It might also be nice to provide a way to label the contours via clabel.