Integrated post-processing: Solid mechanics¶
Find below an example on how the simulation results of a stress analysis of a connecting rod is analyzed.
- First, we switch to the Post-processor tab which will show up initially empty.
- The available result datasets are all listed on the left in the tree
- Clicking on the specific result that we want to visualize loads it into the 3D viewer
- As a next step, we first want to visualize the displacement field as a color plot
- So we switch in the ‘Result field control’ to the ‘Displacement’ field (it initially says ‘Select field’)
- Once we did that, the 3D view will be immediately updated to show the displacement field color coded
- The colors already give a qualitative understanding of the displacement field. Red indicates large displacement while blue stands for small.
- To see the quantitative values of each color, we click on the ‘color scale’ icon next to the dataset within the pipeline browser (here called ‘Tension-case 1’)
- In the left of the 3D viewer window, the color scale shows up that provides us with the values for the different colors
- As a last step, we will generate a visualization that gives a qualitative feedback on the displacement field
- We click on the green “Add filter” button which shows the available filters that can be used to analyze the dataset
- We choose the “Warp by vector” filter that allows to visualize a deformation of a shape
- Once applied, the settings of the filter appear - especially the “ScaleFactor” is of interest. It allows to a exaggerate the deformation to also see very small deformations.
- We choose “10000” which basically means that a deformation of 1mm will appear as 10m which allows to see even the very small deformations present in this simulation result
- You can now continue analyzing the dataset for example by visualizing more color fields such as the von Mises stress or strain or by applying additional filters