Plots – plot settings stored with a user-defined name.

SDC Verifier has 4 types of plots:

  • Criteria – each element is colored based on a single output value for the element.
  • Contour – element is colored based on the corner data. Typically is used for stresses and displacement plots.
  • Histogram – is used for displaying extreme results on several loads at once.
  • Expand Graph – similar to Histogram plot but instead of extreme results it displays node/element results on several loads at once.

Histogram Plot


Expand Graph Plot

To Add Plot execute Job - Plots - /Plot Type/ from the main menu.

Common options for criteria and contour plot profiles

The first step is to select a load. Then, a category of the result should be selected (displacement, stresses, strains, etc.).

The direction parameter depends on the result category. For a stress - direction of stresses (X, Y, ..., Equivalent), for forces - force and moment components, displacement - translation and rotation components, etc.

LG Parameter is enabled only for Load Groups.

Select Elements/Nodes using Selector Control.

The look of the plot depends on View Settings. It is possible to select a view from the list or add a new one.

Press to display the plot.

Press to save the plot.

It is possible to preview plot with current view settings (and current selection) in the model:

For Criteria/Contour plots use Labels Control to include labels with extreme values over recognition items (members, plates or welds) or to display min/max values of the model.

Add Criteria Plot

For stress and strain category the point of interest and calculation type for total points has to be set.

Points of interests:

  • End I/Top – among points 1-4.
  • End J/Bottom = among points 5-8.
  • Total – among all points.

Calculation type by default is set to AbsMax (absolute maximum value among point values). There are 4 calculation types:

  • Minimum.
  • Maximum.
  • AbsMax.
  • Average.

Criteria differ from Contour plot also by Limits. There is a possibility to filter elements/node selection based on the result criteria (type): Below, Above, Between, Outside. If the Absolute Value option is set, the absolute result value is compared to the selected criteria.

Add Contour Plot

For contour plot, Data Conversion can be set. These options control how Simcenter converts the results from data at element centroids, corners, and nodes to the continuous graphical representation.

Histogram Plot

Histogram plot displays extreme results over directions for several loads at once.

Select Loads using Load Selector.

When Loads are defined select the result category from Category list.

Expand Graph

Expand Graph displays entity results for several loads at once. The Graph is similar to the Histogram but instead of the extreme results it displays entity results.

Select Loads using Load Selector.

When Loads are defined select the result Category, Direction, Point (only elemental results with Points) and Load Groups Parameter (Minimum, Maximum or Absolute).