Velocity Plot PropertyManager

The Define Velocity Plot PropertyManager allows you to plot acceleration results for linear and nonlinear dynamic studies.

To display this PropertyManager, run a dynamic study. Right-click Results and select Define Velocity Plot.


Component Select a velocity component
  • VX: X Velocity
  • VY: Y Velocity
  • VZ: Z Velocity
  • VRES: Resultant Velocity
  • WX: X Angular Velocity (shell studies only)
  • WY: Y Angular Velocity (shell studies only)
  • WZ: Z Angular Velocity (shell studies only)
Directions are based on the global coordinate system.
Units Select a unit for the velocity plot.

Advanced Options

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 component.
You can control the size and density of the vectors in a vector plot using the Vector Plot Options PropertyManager.
Show PSD value When checked, the PSD values are shown for a particular solution step. Otherwise, the RMS values across the whole frequency range are shown.

Plot Step

Plot for Single Step Select this option to plot the results at the selected solution step.
  Displays the time corresponding to the selected solution step.
  Displays the frequency corresponding to the selected plot step. Available for harmonic and random vibration studies.
Plot Step Sets the solution step number for the plot.
aloop.png Button Plot Bounds across All Steps Select this option to plot extreme values regardless of the solution step they occur at. Select one of the following:


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


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

Absolute maximum

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

Velocity results are available for nodes only.

Deformed Shape

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

Automatic Displays the default Scale Factor scalefactor.png 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 scalefactor.png. In most cases, a larger scale factor helps to appreciate the deflection.


Include title text Type a custom title for the plot.
Associate plot with name view orientation Associate a predefined view orientation with the active plot.