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Tutorial: Post-processing Solid Mechanics Simulations

Find below an example on how the simulation results of a stress analysis of a connecting rod is analyzed.

  • Choose any completed Run and then click on the Post-process results button to load the results on the viewer
Post-ProcessingResults
Post-Processing Window
  • 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
  • For example, to check the von Mises stress on our model, click on the Results and then select the von Mises stress from the Scalar list below.
von Mises Stress
von Mises Stress
  • As a next step, the displacement field can be displayed as a color plot
  • The color scale corresponds to the distribution of von Mises stress in our model
  • To visualize other physical quantities of the results, for example the displacement field across the rod by again switching the field on top of the viewer
Displacement
Displacement
  • The colors already give a qualitative understanding of the displacement field. Red indicates large displacement while blue stands for small.
  • As a last step, a qualitative feedback on the displacement field can be visualized by plotting the displacement vectors.
  • Click on the Results, then toggle on the Displacement  under the VEC option.
Displacement Vectors
Displacement Vectors
  • 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
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