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Stress Plot

The Stress Plot PropertyManager allows you to plot stress results for static, nonlinear, dynamic, and drop test studies. The Stress Plot PropertyManager appears when you create a study.


  • Solid and Shell. (Available only for mixed mesh studies with beams). Plots stress components for solids or shells only.

  • Beams. (Available only for mixed mesh studies with beams). Plots stress components for beam only.

  • Component . Select a stress component to plot. Directions are based on the selected reference geometry.

  • Units . Select the units of the stress plot.

NOTE: You can control the display of the fringe plot using the Settings PropertyManager.

  • Shell Face .

    • Top. Total stresses (bending + membrane) at the top face. For composite shell, Top refers to top face of selected ply in Ply number under Composite Options.

    • Bottom. Total stresses (bending + membrane) at the bottom face. For composite shell, Bottom refers to bottom face of selected ply in Ply number under Composite Options.

    • Membrane. Membrane stress component.

    • Bending. Bending stress component.

  • Beam Results. Select Axial, Bending in local direction 1, Bending in local direction 2, or Worst case. See Beams - Results

Advanced Options

  • Plane, Axis or Coordinate System . Select a reference plane, an axis, or a coordinate system to plot stress. Used for directional components only.

  • Show as vector plot. Generates a vector plot where a vector is plotted at each node to show the magnitude and direction of the selected stress component. You can control the size and density of the vectors in a vector plot using the Vector Plot Options PropertyManager. Available for directional components.

  • Show as tensor plot. Available only for von Mises stress (VON). The three principal stresses at nodes or at element centers are shown.

  • Node Values. Generates nodal stress plots. Linear interpolation is used, usually a smooth plot is generated.

  • Element Values. Generates stresses at centers of elements (one value/color for each element).

  • Average results across boundary for parts. If checked, the results at the common nodes between two components in the assembly are averaged.

Plot Step

Available only for nonlinear, dynamic and drop test studies.

  • Plot for Single Step .

  • . Displays the time corresponding to the selected plot step. Available for nonlinear, modal time history and drop test studies.

  • Displays the frequency corresponding to the selected plot step. Available for harmonic and random vibration studies

    • Plot Step . Sets the step number at which the selected result is to be plotted.

  • Plot Bounds across All Steps .

    • Maximum. Displays the maximum algebraic values (envelope plot) across all solution steps.

    • Minimum. Displays the minimum algebraic values (envelope plot) across all solution steps.

    • Absolute maximum. Displays the absolute maximum values (envelope plot ) across all solution steps.

Deformed Shape

If checked, the selected stress component is plotted on the deformed shape of the model.

  • Automatic. Displays the default Scale Factor that the program uses to scale the largest deformation to 10% of the largest dimension of the smallest box that surrounds the model.

  • True scale. Displays the actual deformed shape of the model (Scale Factor is 1.0) .

  • User defined. Allows you to enter your own Scale Factor .  In most cases, a larger scale factor helps to appreciate the deflection.

Composite Options

Available when the model uses composite shells.

  • Maximum across all plies. Displays the maximum stress values of the specified Component (envelope plot) across all plies. The program includes the Top and Bottom faces while searching for the extreme value across all plies.

  • Ply number. Select the ply number to show the stress. This option is not available when you select Maximum across all plies.

  • Display results in ply direction on composite surfaces. (Available only when SX: X Normal Stress is the stress component).  Shows stress along the ply direction on surface of the ply.

  • Display results in cross-ply direction on composite surfaces. (Available only when SY: Y Normal Stress is the stress component).  Shows stress in the transverse direction to the ply direction on surface of the ply.


  • Include title text. If checked, type a custom title for the plot.

  • Associate plot with name view orientation. Allows you to associate a predefined view orientation with the active plot.

  • Associate with current view . Allows you to associate the current view with the active plot.

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