Performing Static Analysis

To perform static analysis:

  1. Create a static study. To access the Study PropertyManager, right-click Simulation study tab and select Create New Simulation Study. Define the properties of the study. Click the Adaptive tab to activate the h- or p-adaptive method to improve results automatically.
  2. Define material for each solid, shell, and beam. To define a material for a solid, shell, or beam, right-click its icon in the Simulation study tree and select Apply/Edit Material.
  3. Define restraints. Right-click the Fixtures icon in the Simulation study tree and select from the list. Apply adequate restraints to stabilize each body, shell, and component on its own or through contact conditions and connectors linking it with other objects or to the ground.
  4. Define external loads.
  5. For assemblies and multibody parts, use component contact and contact sets to simulate the behavior of the model.
  6. Mesh the model and run the study.
    If you run a study before meshing it, the program meshes the study automatically before running it. You can also request to run the study by checking Run analysis after meshing in the Mesh PropertyManager.
  7. View the results:
    • Double-click an icon in a results folder to display the associated plot.
    • To define a new plot, right-click the Results folder, and select the desired option. You can plot displacements, stresses, strains, and deformation.
    • To assess failure based on a yield criterion, right-click the Results folder, and select Define Factor of Safety Plot.
    • If you specified an adaptive method, you can graph results.
    • To list results, right-click the Results folder, and select the desired option. You can list stress, displacement, strain, and various types of forces.

      Click here for more result viewing options.

    When you run a study that does not have any result folders, the software creates the folders and plots specified in the Result Options for the study type. If result folders are present, the software updates the existing plots.