The tasks you will perform in the Generative Structural Analysis
workbench are mainly specifications of analysis features that you will use
for the mechanical analysis of your system (part or assembly of parts)
subjected to environmental actions.
Once the required specifications are defined, you need to compute and
visualize the results.
The User Tasks section will explain and illustrate
how to create physical attributes (which include system attributes
and environment attributes), specify computation parameters and visualize
You can make extensive use of the CAD-CAE associativity concept.
Associativity means that any part modifications occurring outside the
Analysis workbench are automatically reflected when performing tasks within
the Analysis workbench. In particular, any parametric changes on the parts
are automatically accounted for. So, you do not have to worry about updating
the part specifications.
The workbench provides generative capabilities: you do not have to tell
the program explicitly all the necessary steps to perform a mechanical
analysis. In fact, all you need to enter are the specifications about the
system and the way in which the system is subjected to its environment. The
program captures your design-analysis intent, then produces the desired
results by automatically generating the intermediate steps.
The Basic Tasks can be grouped as follows:
- FEM Model Definition
- Analysis Cases: specifying a computational procedure for a set of
- System Definition
- Connections: specifying the way in which subsystems are to be
- Virtual Parts: specifying bodies for which no geometric support
- Mass Equipment: specifying the way in which non-structural mass is
- Environment Definition
- Restraints: specifying essential (displacement-type) boundary
- Loads: specifying natural (force-type) boundary conditions.
- Computation: generating finite elements solutions.
- Visualization: displaying and analyzing results.