Create, Edit, and Display Vector Plots

Use the Vector tool to draw arrows such that the direction in which the arrow points is the direction of the vector and the length of the arrow is its magnitude.

Individual vector components, shear, and complete resultants can be plotted for vector-based results (for example: X, Y, Z, Resultant).
  1. From the Post ribbon, click the Vector tool.
    Figure 1.

  2. Select a vector plot using the drop-down menu on the guide bar.
  3. Optional: Click the Create Vector satellite icon to define a new vector plot.
    Figure 2.

  4. Optional: To review and edit the current plot definition, click on the guide bar.
  5. Optional: Select a subset of components or elements on which to apply the plot.
    By default, the plot is applied to the entire model.
  6. Click Plot to display the plot.
  7. Click one of the following:
    • - Save changes and exit the tool
    • - Clear the plot
    • - Exit the tool without saving changes
  • Plots are based on the current load case and step, which can be reviewed and updated from the status bar or the browser.
  • Existing plots can also be displayed or cleared using the plot icons in the Results Browser.
  • Editing the definition for a displayed plot will automatically update the graphics. For large models, editing the plot definition may be faster if the plot is not displayed.