How can I find the total deformation in post-processing with the visual representation of a deformed shape?

Hi there, and welcome to the forum! We are delighted to see you taking part in the community.

Now, on to your question. In order to visualize the deformed shape and find the magnitude of the deformation, please follow these steps:

  • Open your results by expanding the desired run and clicking ‘Solution Fields’.
  • Select the ‘New beta interface’ in the dialog.
  • In the ‘Filters’ panel, change the ‘Coloring’ to ‘Displacement - Magnitude’. This will allow you to see the max deformation with the color scale.
  • To visualize the deformation shape, click the ‘Add Filter’ button and select ‘Displacement’. If the deformation is not apparent, please increase the ‘Scaling factor’, until it is (try 100).

Thanks for helping…

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What scaling factor value should I use to visualize the actual deformation?

Hi @tomalex, this depends on your specific simulation. The best you can do is trial and error to find the value.

Does scale factor 1 means actual displacement?

Yes, scale factor 1 means that the displacement is drawn at the same scale as the model. Increasing this value will artificially amplify the deformation for visualization purposes.

Thank you