|General Post Processing|
Focusing and Display
µETA offers a wide range of focusing and display options. Apart from the PID and Entity modes of focusing, µETA version 6.4 offers focusing based on material ids (MID). The user can also focus based on the element configuration (RBE2, CBUSH, CBAR etc.) and isolate exactly the required entities with fewer mouse click. For better visualization of the model, µETA offers many Display options like, PID, Entities, MID, Model, Thickness, Contact thickness etc. µETA also offers global and local drawing styles for better post-processing of results.
µETA offers faster animation of models with faster loading and generation of states. Filtering options in states allows the user to pin-point the exact state/load case that the user is interested in without spending time to find the load case of interest. States can be interpolated and locked to allow the animation of a particular state in focus. The animation speed can be controlled to make the animation slower or faster. The user can superimpose the non – deformed shape on the deformed to understand the mode shape/deformation.
Fringe plots, Range & Colors
µETA offers the ability to draw fringes for a particular load case to visualize the displacements, stresses, strains etc. The fringe could be applied on nodes as well as elements and the user can draw a normal plot, contour or vector plots. The fringe range can be automatically calculated or can be supplied by the user. µETA also allows the fringe to be non-linear. The fringe colors can be changed by the user very easily by changing the color settings. The user can add/remove colors from the fringe bar or invert the colors altogether to visualize the results like fatigue life, which requires inverse color order.
Identification of Entities
µETA offers several tools to identify the entities of the model to display the results. The entities can be identified by picking using any of the identification tools like iNode, iElement, iPart etc. µETA also offers complex identification tools like Extreme and Advanced Filtering where the user could input complex formulae to identify the entities. Advanced filtering is a powerful tool where the user can isolate entities by adding various levels of filters by pin-pointing to the exact entity.
Cut planes are very useful during post-processing. For example, the user can cut the important sections and visualize the animation or fringe very close to the section. µETA offers the functionality to cut sections very easily. Once the section is cut, the user can edit the section to move it to place it exactly on the area of interest. If the cut planes are defined in the input deck, they can read into µETA during geometry/results input. Cut planes can be isolated using the focus group like any other entities in µETA. When a µETA project file is saved, the cut planes are automatically saved and can be retrieved when the project file is opened again.
Iso-function is a feature that provides visibility of areas (“contour areas”) of the model of the same value regarding either node or element data. Iso functions can be used to visualize how the load/stress is flowing thru a component. µETA offers the ability to create Iso-functions easily with one click.
Annotations tool inside µETA allows the user to create annotations to indicate the points of interest like the areas of maximum/minimum stresses, displacements etc. Annotations can be applied on a node, element, part, group etc. and the annotation text can be customized or parameterized to a variable. Annotation tool can be used in conjunction with the Advanced filtering tool to filter massive number of entities and apply annotations on them.
During post-processing, the user may have to explode the model into its different parts to better visualize the results. µETA offers the Explode feature where the user can accomplish this task of exploding entities. The exploding of entities can be done based on material, properties, groups, element etc.
Saving Images and Video
µETA allows the user to save images in many formats like JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, GIF and more with options to resize and enhance the resulting images. The images of multiple screens can be saved in a single image for comparing the results of 2 different models. With the new drag and drop functionality, the user can drag an image from the 3D window and drop it in a PowerPoint file. µETA offers functionality where a video of the animation is recorded in MPEG, AVI or GIF formats. These animations could be used as a plug-in in power point file or can be sent as is to the design reviews with management.
µETA offers the functionality whereby the user can create groups of the area of interest to be later used in post-processing. The grouping of the parts can be done based on material, property, nodes or from visible. If the user reads an input deck into µETA that was written out from ANSA, µETA can read the ANSA comments and reproduce the ANSA part manager hierarchy inside the groups. Groups can be used to save a lot of time in post-processing or automation using scripts/sessions.
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