I am analyzing a load case that applies forced displacements to simulate gap closures due to tightening of fasteners. One structure is a shell structure, and the other is made of solids. The fasteners between them are CBEAMs attached by RBE2 spiders. Here are screenshots of the joints with the shell thickness on and off, for reference.
I am approaching the analysis in three steps:
The trouble I'm having is with Step 3. I need to be able to linearly combine the results from these three results sets with other load cases (temperature, aero, etc.), but I can't seem to figure out how to manually create an output set and vector from a data surface. Is this even possible or do I have to create an output set and vector, and then input each individual beam force?
I'm also open to a better way to analyze the problem if anyone has come across a similar situation before.
Unfortunately, this is not what I'm looking for. I'm need to figure out a way to create the output set manually from a data table or spreadsheet so that I can then combine it linearly with other existing ones.
I have a video here that might be what you are looking for. You can import results data from a CSV easily into FEMAP and create a new output set using File > Import > Analysis Results > Comma-Separated.
You can most likely ignore the end of the video where the output is converted into nodal loads.
Thanks! That is much closer. The only difference between that and what I'm trying to do is to create data for a native Femap output vector (e.g. 3022..Beam EndA Axial Force) so that I can combine the results vector-for-vector with existing Nastran output.
Hi Ryan, I apologize for such a latent response. I discovered a workaround that ended up being much simpler than what I wanted to do. Thank you, though!