Visualizing Displacements

This task shows how to generate Displacement images on parts.

Translational Displacement vector images are used to visualize displacement field patterns, which represent a vector field quantity equal to the variation of position vectors of material particles of the system as a result of environmental action (loading). Translational Displacement vector Image objects can belong to Static Case Solution objects sets or to Frequency Case Solution objects sets.

The displacement resulting from part loading is important for a correct understanding of the way in which the part behaves.

Open the sample23.CATAnalysis document from the samples directory.

  • Compute the solution.
    To do this, click Compute .

  1. Click Displacement in the Image toolbar.

    The translational displacement vector distribution on the part is visualized in arrow symbol mode, along with a color palette.

    A Translational displacement vector.1 image also appears in the specification tree under Static Case Solution.1.

  2. When the mouse cursor is passing over vector arrow symbols, their components with respect to the global reference frame are visualized.

  3. Select an arrow to obtain a steady display.

  4. Double-click Translational displacement vector.1 in the specification tree to edit the image.

    The Image Edition dialog box appears.
    For more details, refer to Image Edition.

  5. Click OK in the Image Edition dialog box.

Products Available in Analysis Workbench

The ELFINI Structural Analysis product offers the following additional feature:

Right-click Translational displacement vector.1 in the specification tree and select Report.
This option generates a report in .html and .txt formats.