For new users, setting up simulations can require a bit of a learning curve. For more experienced users, knowing when all required steps have been successfully completed can help ensure a simulation is ready to be solved, thereby increasing efficiency.
The Structural Performance Engineer role (part of the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS simulation portfolio) provides structural simulation with advanced linear, non-linear static, transient and modal dynamic, quasi-static, frequency, buckling, thermal simulation and thermal-structural simulation capabilities for the product designer/engineer. These types of simulations enable studying the effects of external influences on designs, such as external forces, temperature, wear and tear, and harmonic response, and provide valuable feedback for refining the product design.
Help Along the Way
To assist with the set-up of these types of simulations the Structural Scenario Creation application includes an Assistant Panel that guides you through the process and provides step-by-step feedback. You are first asked to select the type of simulation you wish to perform (see Figure 1). This selection ensures a smooth experience by filtering the activities, so only those appropriate for the simulation type are presented.
Figure 1 – Selecting the simulation type
The Simulation Assistant (see Figure 2) provides a list of the most common set-up actions you can undertake to easily set up a typical simulation.
Figure 2 – Structural Scenario Creation app with the Simulation Assistant and Action Bar
Some of the actions are required for a successful simulation definition, whereas others are optional. The status indicator to the left of the action indicates if the action is complete, incomplete, contains an error, or is optional. See Figure 3 for status definitions.
Figure 3 – Action statuses
The Action Bar
Select an action in the Assistant to trigger a set of commands that can be used to fulfill the action. These commands are used to set up the simulation features required to model the physical environment for a simulation. Select a command to launch a particular operation. You can also activate each command through the Action Bar (see Figure 2) at the bottom of the screen. The action’s list of commands is a shortcut to the same command within the Action Bar. This subset of commands allows you to easily find the most common set of commands without having to search through the Action Bar’s exhaustive list.
To limit the number of commands you need to work with and to make the experience intuitive, only the most-used commands are listed in the Assistant. If you need a command not listed, you can find the appropriate command in the Action Bar. You can choose between the commands from the Assistant or the Action Bar: they are interchangeable and work in concert with one another. The statuses in the Assistant update even if the commands are launched from the Action Bar.
As required commands are completed for an action, the status of that action changes to reflect the results of the operations. Figure 4 shows the status of the Setup action changes to completed to reflect that the Finite Element Mode and Static Step commands have successfully completed, thus fulfilling the requirements for that action. Notice also that subsequent action statuses change from Not Available to updated statuses after the Setup action has been completed.
Figure 4 – Action status changes
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