Plot Profiles

Plots – plot settings stored with user-defined name.

SDC Verifier has 6 types of plots:

  • Criteria – each element is coloured based on a single output value for the element.
  • Contour – element is coloured based on the corner data. Typically is used for stresses and displacement plots.
  • Output Vector Criteria – is the criteria plot but instead of selecting the result category and direction a user chooses an output vector that will be displayed.
  • Output Vector Contour - is the contour plot but instead of selecting the result category and direction a user chooses an output vector that will be displayed.
  • 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

Histogram Plot

ExpandGraph

Expand Graph Plot

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

Plot_menu

Common options for criteria and contour plot profiles

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

The direction parameter depends on the result category. For 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 Button_save_plot to save the plot.

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

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 the elemental/nodal result category (e.g. stress) the point of interest and the 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.

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

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

Criteria plot differs 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 Absolute Value option is set, the absolute result value is compared to the selected criteria.

Add Contour Plot

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

There are 3 data conversion options:

  • Average – uses the average value of data at surrounding locations.
  • Max Value – uses the maximum value of data at surrounding locations.
  • Min Value – uses the minimum value of data at surrounding locations.

If Use Corner Data option is checked, elemental corner data instead of centroidal data will be used (corner data had to be requested during analysis).

X,y,z,w – corner data. A,B,C,D – centroidal data.

Data Conversion Option Result with Corner Data Result with Element Centoids(no corner data)
Average (w+x+y+z)/4 (A+B+C+D)/4
Max Value max (w,x,y,z) max (A+B+C+D)
Min Value min (w,x,y,z) min (A+B+C+D)

Add Output Vector Plot

Output Vector plot is actually a Criteria plot, the only difference is that in the output vector instead of setting the result category and direction a user defines Femap output vector.

It is important to mention about the filter for Output Vectors that helps to select necessary output vector faster. By default all vectors are displayed in the Output Vector list.

For criteria plot, it is possible to set limits and for contour plot - data conversion.

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 the Category list.

Expand Graph

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

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