This ain't a Femap related question nevertheless I would greatly appreciate some help.
I have a bunch of CBUSH elements and I have exracted nodes Free body forces using Freebody tool in Femap. I was able to copy the Free body outputs in to Excel for further processing.
I realize that Freebody tool outputs the forces on both ends of an element and they are in equilibrium. I want to eliminate results of one set of nodes. I deleted nodes column and then tried using "Remove Duplicates" option in Excel for Element ID column but it still doesn't give me the desired results. Output set for same elements from two nodes still remain.
If you folks know how to accomplish the above, please help me out.
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You certainly could use Excel's remove duplicates functionality, but how well it works and what column you'd want to filter on for duplicates would depend on what data you're trying to send to Excel. If you can paste some sample data here I could provide further guidance.
If the end goal is really just to get CBUSH forces to Excel, then the freebody approach probably isn't the most direct (although it would be if you're already using freeboides of those elements). There's a number different ways you could get that data over
One thing to be careful about when looking at CBUSH output via freebody values is that it's usually not obvious if the bushing is in tension or compression - you'll need to look at surrounding information as well to get a better idea. This is when it is better to look at the raw solver data. If you're just concerned about shear as a resultant, that won't be affected.
Hope that helps.