I have calculated the temperature of the section of a cylinder, which is subjected to a heat flow on its upper surface. Getting the temperature distribution in the 2D section. As shown in the following image.

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From this temperature distribution would represent the upper part of the cylinder as in the picture below.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to SciComp! What question are you asking here? $\endgroup$ – Geoff Oxberry Aug 22 '14 at 0:12
  • $\begingroup$ I am looking for a circular surface which represents the top of the cylinder starting from the temperature distribution. And represent it in Matlab. Thank you for your attention $\endgroup$ – Santiago murillo Aug 22 '14 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ I still don't understand what you want to do. Can you be more specific? Do you have an example that looks like what you want? $\endgroup$ – nicoguaro Aug 22 '14 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ The first image is the temperature distribution that I generated using finite volumes, and the second image is not mine, is the image that I want to generate. $\endgroup$ – Santiago murillo Aug 22 '14 at 8:57
  • $\begingroup$ Basically my problem is that I don't know how program it in matlab, from an array of surface temperatures. $\endgroup$ – Santiago murillo Aug 22 '14 at 14:00

If I understand, what you want is to make a polar plot of your data presented in the first image. Where, I assume, the axis are the radius and angle. You need to make a change of coordinates from polar to Cartesian to do that. Matlab has a built-in function for that called pol2cart (documentation). See an example here

You can do something like

r = linspace(0,1,1000);
th = linspace(0,2*pi,1000);

[TH,R] = meshgrid(th,r);
[X,Y] = pol2cart(TH,R);

Z = besselj(0,20*R);

contourf(X,Y,Z); axis square

surf(X,Y,Z); shading interp

here it is the contour plot (in Octave, though): enter image description here and


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