# [Gmsh] Visualization of high order FE

Gonçalo Pena gpena at mat.uc.pt
Mon Jul 26 16:17:56 CEST 2010

```Dear all,
first of all, let me congratulate the developers for this piece of
software. I started using it in the beginning of my PhD and nowadays,
I'm trying to use it to visualize high order FE, and this is the reason
behind this email.

Some colleagues of mine and myself have been working recently on
exporting high order finite elements from the code Life
(https://life.prudhomm.org/) to visualize them in Gmsh. So far, with the
help of the documentation, we managed to export (and visualize)
successfully, polynomials defined in 2D geometries as long as the order
of the geometrical element is the same as the degree of the polynomial
to visualize. We're now working on different orders, for mesh and
polynomials, say, visualizing P2 polynomials defined in a first order mesh.

In the documentation, the answer seems to be in INTERPOLATION_SCHEME.
However, it isn't very clear to me how to use this. Or, is it the case,
that we need to have a PN mesh to visualize a PN polynomial, because we
need the same number of nodes in \$Nodes as in \$ElementNodeData?

I send also a test file that I produce with Life that has a scalar field
to visualize. As you can notice, the fields are described in terms of
second order polynomials, while the mesh is only first order.

I appreciate any help regarding this.
Best regards,
Gonçalo Pena

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