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Error: Time Step Bigger Than the Simulation Interval


Time step bigger than the given simulation interval. Please adapt your simulation control settings.

What Happened?

Under the simulation controls, users can define the time step length per simulation time as a table assignment. This warning message points out that the time step length is bigger than the corresponding simulation interval. This error can happen in the following analysis types:

Time step length assignment under simulation control in simscale
Figure 1: Time step length assignment under the simulation controls for structural analysis types.

What Could Be the Possible Reason?

The user defined the time step length manually, as a table assignment. The following figure shows an incorrect time step length assignment. Because the time step length is bigger than the interval between the sequential time frames:

time step length and time frame table assignment in simscale
Figure 2: Manual time step length assignment as a table in SimScale Workbench

In the example above, the simulation interval between time 0.2 \(s\) and time 0.5 \(s\) is 0.3 \(s\). Assignment of 0.4 \(s\) time step length will cause a simulation failure because the number of the time intervals cannot be smaller than 1.

simulation intervals per corresponding simulation time frames and time step lengths
Figure 3: Assignment of 0.4 \(s\) time step length for a simulation interval of 0.3 \(s\)causes an error due to the number of time intervals being less than one.



What Can I Do Now?

To resolve this error, you need to review your simulation intervals and adjust the time step length to keep the number of time intervals above 1.

Remember the previous example, the problem occurred because the time step length was 0.4 \(s\) while the simulation interval was only 0.3 \(s\). Adjusting the time step length to equal or smaller than 0.3 \(s\) (0.15 \(s\) for example) will solve this issue.

a correct time step length and simulation time table assignment
Figure 4: Time step length should ensure the number of intervals to be equal or above 1.

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Last updated: March 31st, 2021

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