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Point Data

The Point Data result control item allows you to extract and plot data from your calculation at specific spatial points. This item is usually used to monitor result fields like displacements, accelerations or stresses at specifically interesting locations like sensor points.

The Point data items are specified at the simulation setup stage and generate a plot of each desired field quantity over time (or frequency).

Each plot data item generates a plot which is accessible in the Post-Processor tab under the tree item Point data.

Type

For a Harmonic analysis there are two types of responses that can be selected:

  • Harmonic response: this type generates a plot of the desired field component over the frequency range, the purpose if this type is to illustrate the variation of the structural response with different excitation frequencies.
  • Phase response: the phase response generates a plot of the selected field component over the phase angle, this type shows the evolution of the desired quantity over a specified phase angle range. As the phase angle is directly correlated to the time variable this could be interpreted as an equivalent temporal evolution.

For a Static or Dynamic analysis there is only one response type available:

  • Temporal response: the temporal response generates a plot of the selected field component(s) over the time. This shows the evolution of the desired quantity over the total simulation duration.

Field Selection

With the Field selection the user specifies the field and its components of interest for which a plot should be created.

Complex numbers

For Harmonic simulations the resulting fields are in the complex plane. In order to be able to post-process this results it has to be specified in which way these fields are represented. Two possible choices are available:

  • magnitude and phase: starting from the complex number \(c=a+ib\) the phase \(p\) and module \(m\) are computed as
\[p = \operatorname{atan2}(b,a) \text{ and } m = \sqrt{a^2+b^2}\]
  • real and imaginary part: starting from the complex number \(c=a+ib\) the real part \(r\) and imaginary part \(p\) are
\[r = \operatorname{Re}(a+ib) = a \text{ and } b = \operatorname{Im}(a+ib) = b\]
Frequency response of the displacement field of a simple beam

Frequency response of the displacement field of a simple beam