Loop animation with quiver plot

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Emil Brandt
Emil Brandt on 1 May 2016
Hey guys. I am fairly new with matlab. Currently i am trying to animate the change of a velocity field in a fluid in time. The velocity field is dependent on depth (z) and distance (x). I would like to present the velocity field in a x/z coordinate system and by an animation show how it changes with time. I can plot the vector field by constant x with quiver(t,z,u,w). Is it possible to use a for-loop for the animation? I tried a lot of different solutions:
x=0
z=linspace(0, -h, 10);
t=linspace(0, 16*pi, 10);
for i=1:length(t)
for j=1:length(z)
u(j,i)=(pi*H)/T*(cosh(k)*(z(j)+h))/(sinh(k*h))*cos(omega*t(i)-k*x); %Particle velocity x direction
w(j,i)=-(pi*H)/T*(sinh(k)*(z(j)+h))/(sinh(k*h))*sin(omega*t(i)-k*x) %Particle velocity z direction
end
end
figure (4)
for t=linspace(0, 16*pi, 10);
for z=linspace(0, -h, 10);
quiver(x,z,u,w)
title('Velocity')
xlabel('Distance [m]') % x-axis label
ylabel('Depth [m]') % y-axis label
ylim([-h 10])
pause(1/60)
end
end
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Emil Brandt
Emil Brandt on 3 May 2016
All values are defined in the document. I can easily plot the vector field components (u an w) in a time vs. depth diagram for a constant x (x=0) - as done in the attached file. The loop thing just seems not to be able to run the quiver plot in a x vs. depth for somehow.I want matlab to update the attached diagram by the time t, so that the vector field changes by time.

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Alessandro Masullo
Alessandro Masullo on 3 May 2016
Every time that you want to update the figure, you need to call the drawnow function. You won't probably be able to get a framerate of 60fps, but you may speed up the code by getting rid of the xlabel title functions.
If you want to generate a video, you may have a look at getframe.

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