# re-formulating function space from u.vector().array()

hi, i'm quite new to FEniCS so i apologise if this is a silly question.

I have as an output to a program the solution field U = u.vector().array(), i.e. it exists as a numpy array and is not a function object anymore.

I would like to use it as an input to another program, but am not sure how to convert it back into a function object - i can't just use interpolate(U,V) since U is not a function or expression but is a numpy array right? Hence, how would i go about doing this?

Thanks!

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Johan Hake (johan-hake) said : | #1 |

Several ways:

1) Either save the function instead of the numpy array

File("u.xml.gz") << u

other program:

File("u.xml.gz") >> u1

2) Save the numpy array:

u.vector(

other program:

u1.vector()[:] = numpy.fromfile(

Also: u and u1 need to be in the same FunctionSpace.

Johan

On 04/04/2013 11:21 PM, nicole t wrote:

> New question #225909 on DOLFIN:

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>

> hi, i'm quite new to FEniCS so i apologise if this is a silly question.

>

> I have as an output to a program the solution field U = u.vector().array(), i.e. it exists as a numpy array and is not a function object anymore.

>

> I would like to use it as an input to another program, but am not sure how to convert it back into a function object - i can't just use interpolate(U,V) since U is not a function or expression but is a numpy array right? Hence, how would i go about doing this?

>

> Thanks!

>

nicole t (nicole12) said : | #2 |

Thanks Johan Hake, that solved my question.