Examples of the General Extrusion Operator
The General Extrusion operator maps expressions defined on a source to an expression that can be evaluated on any destination geometry where the destination map expressions are valid. It can be used for a variety of different purposes, examples of which are presented here.
Extruding Data Along a Direction
Given an expression defined on a plane, e.g., the xyplane, it is desired to map this data along the z direction.
To implement, define a General Extrusion operator on a boundary parallel to the xyplane, with the zexpression blank for both the Source Map and a Destination Map. The General Extrusion operator will map data from the boundary into the volume, along the z direction, as shown in the following screenshots.
Mapping of data defined on a boundary (left) along the direction normal to the plane and into a volume (right).
Settings used to map data from a boundary parallel to the xyplane along the z direction.
It is also possible to define the mapping in terms of coordinate systems. For example, to map data from a boundary around a centerline, introduce a cylindrical system, and use those coordinate system variables to define the source and destination map.
Mapping of data defined on a cross section (left) around an axis of symmetry and into a volume (right).
Settings used to revolve data about the azimuthal axis of a cylindrical coordinate system.
Transforms: Translate, Rotate, Mirror, Scale
Sample data defined on the xyplane, centered at the origin.
Considering a variable defined on the xyplane within a unit square centered at the origin, as shown above, it is possible to implement a variety of transforms simply via different destination maps, and leaving the source map unchanged. Several cases are illustrated in the table below. The same transforms can be implemented in three dimensions.
Type of Transform  Destination Map  Result 

Translate  xexpression: x0.3 yexpression: y0.15 

Rotate  xexpression: x*cos(30[deg])y*sin(30[deg]) yexpression: x*sin(30[deg])+y*cos(30[deg]) 

Mirror  xexpression: x yexpression: y 

Scale  xexpression: x*2 yexpression: y*3 
Other Uses of the General Extrusion Operator
 Mapping of data between different components in the model to perform submodeling
 Mapping between components to extract results on different geometries
 Computing distance fields
 Implementing a dynamic probe
 Nonlinear mappings
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