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How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

I'm trying to visualize the local element coordinate systems for CQUADs.

 

I go to View Options > Element - Coordinate System > Label Mode: ID

 

Yet nothing appears on my elements

 

I would like to view the X, Y, Z directions for shell elements

 

Thanks

Stressman

Femap v 11.1.2

8 REPLIES

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

Hello!;
Remember to mark "Show coordinate System":

 

show-coordinate-system.jpg

 

Best regards,

Blas.

Blas Molero Hidalgo, Ingeniero Industrial, Director
IBERISA • 48004 BILBAO (SPAIN)
WEB: http://www.iberisa.com
Blog Femap-NX Nastran: http://iberisa.wordpress.com/

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Hi Blas,

I have my options set exactly as your screenshot, still no coordinate systems show on my shell elements

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Solution Partner Experimenter Solution Partner Experimenter
Solution Partner Experimenter

Works fine in Femap 11.2

 

Make sure show Coord Sys is checked  -> switch the color mode to 2.. RGB line -> click apply

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
It must be a bug then in Femap 11.1.2

Still waiting for 11.2 to get distributed through my company

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Creator
Creator

Hi Stressman,

 

According to the Help (V11.1.1):

"

Element - Coordinate System...

... displays the “local element coordinate system” of solid elements only. The “local” system will be displayed with the origin of the “local” system at the centroid of each element

"

So, to show the coordinate system for your shell elements, you should better use the option

"Element - Directions" and then choose a convenient Style.

 

Hope that helps you out.

Regards,

Chris

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Thanks for the response, but the element directions  still is not the answer to viewing the local element coordinate system for shell elements.

 

I find it surprising it is not possible to view an x-y-z local coordinate system for my shell elements.

 

Hopefully I'm missing something or this is just a bug in 11.1.2.

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

Hello!,

The following plot shows the "element coordinate system" in FEMAP V11.2:

 

element-coordinate-system.jpg

 

Berst regards,

Blas.

Blas Molero Hidalgo, Ingeniero Industrial, Director
IBERISA • 48004 BILBAO (SPAIN)
WEB: http://www.iberisa.com
Blog Femap-NX Nastran: http://iberisa.wordpress.com/

Re: How to View Shell Element Coordinate System

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Thanks Blas! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on 11.2