User Tasks

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 results.

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 environmental factors.
  • System Definition
    • Connections: specifying the way in which subsystems are to be connected. 
    • Virtual Parts: specifying bodies for which no geometric support exists.    
    • Mass Equipment: specifying the way in which non-structural mass is distributed.
  • Environment Definition
    • Restraints: specifying essential (displacement-type) boundary conditions.
    • Loads: specifying natural (force-type) boundary conditions.
  • Results
    • Computation: generating finite elements solutions.
    • Visualization: displaying and analyzing results.

Before You Begin
Analysis Cases
Dynamic Response Sets
Model Manager
Analysis Connections
Connection Properties
Analysis Assembly
Virtual Parts
Mass Equipment
Envelop Case Sets
Results Computation
Results Visualization