Interpreting the Structural Behavior of Product Components

To compute a tolerance analysis, a structural analysis representation is required for each product component.
  • When a structural analysis representation does not exist or it is not associated with the product component, a new structural analysis representation is automatically created and associated with the product component. The creation and association is automatic (and there is no option).
    This behavior is only available for CATPart documents.
    You may generate the structural analysis representations only by using the Only pre-processing option in the Compute dialog box. Modify them if necessary from the representation created containing the part document in the Generative Structural Analysis workbench.
  • When a structural analysis representation exists, you can associate it to its corresponding component instance using the Manage representation contextual command. This command lets you add the representation from a CATAnalysis document. See the Product Structure documentation for more details.
In any case, the structural analysis representation must represent a coherent structure, i.e. a structure that admits no more than the 6 traditional rigid body modes. The analysis of the rigid body modes of a structure can be performed in the Generative Structural Analysis workbench using a Free Frequency Analysis: the structure must exhibit only 6 modes with frequency close to zero.