SS-T: 3017 Imported Displacements on Spots

Import displacements from a .csv file and map onto spots.

SimSolid performs meshless structural analysis that works on full featured parts and assemblies, is tolerant of geometric imperfections, and runs in seconds to minutes. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Import .csv file with translation and rotation data and map the data on spots created on the fly at specified locations.

    .csv import and mapping of loads from traditional FE solvers to SimSolid facilitates interoperability with other products.

Model Description
The following model files are needed for this tutorial:
  • ImportDisplacementsOnSpot.ssp
  • ImportSpotDisplacement.csv
Figure 1.

This file has the following specifications:
  • Material is set to Steel for all parts.

Open Project

  1. Start a new SimSolid session.
  2. On the main window toolbar, click Open Project .
  3. In the Open project file dialog, choose ImportDisplacementsOnSpot.ssp
  4. Click OK.

Review Model

  1. In the Project Tree and modeling window, review the model.
  2. Ensure all project specifications are included.
    Figure 2.

Create Structural Linear Analysis

On the main window toolbar, click Structural Analysis > Structural linear.
The new analysis appears in the Project Tree under Design study 1 and the Analysis Workbench opens.

Create Immovable Support

  1. In the Analysis Workbench, click Immovable Support .
  2. In the dialog, verify the Faces radio button is selected.
  3. In the modeling window, select the faces highlighted in Figure 3.
    Figure 3.

  4. Click OK.
    The new constraint, Immovable 1, appears in the Project Tree. A visual representation of the constraint is shown on the model.

Import Spot Displacements

  1. On the workbench toolbar, select > Import spot displacements.
  2. Set the coordinate units to cm and translation to mm.
    Spot diameter uses the same units as coordinates.
  3. In the Imported spot displacements 1 dialog, click Import from .csv.
  4. Select ImportSpotDisplacement.csv from the file explorer and click Open.
    The imported displacements are shown in the dialog and mapped on the spots created with 0.5 cm diameter in the modeling window. You can edit the values in the dialog to change the load location, value, and spot diameter.
  5. Review the loads in the dialog and click OK to accept.
    Figure 4.

Edit Solution Settings

  1. In the Analysis branch of the Project Tree, double-click on Solution settings.
  2. In the Solution settings dialog, for Adaptation select Global+Local in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click OK.

Run Analysis

  1. On the Project Tree, open the Analysis Workbench.
  2. Click (Solve).

Review Results

  1. In the Project Tree, select the analysis results branch.
  2. On the Analysis Workbench toolbar, select (Result plot) > Displacement > Displacement Magnitude.
    Figure 5.