I have a bunch of CBUSH elements in a grid connecting to shell plates. I have just shown the CBUSH grid below without the plates.
I want to plot the Bush TX & TY Forces of elements from one end to another. For ex: I would want to plot TX forces of all elements in the center horizontal row based on position i.e. from one end to another. I would want then to export the list along with values to an Excel spreadsheet or similar format.
I tried capturing elements in Data Table but the position does not get acquired and hence no way of sorting out the elements list by position.
As far as I know, there is no option of defining a path in Femap and capturing the values and plotting it.
I would appreciate if an experienced user can guide me on how to achieve the above.
Your best bet may be to use an old Nastran 4 Windows tool...
This creates a *.lst file where you designate. The resulting file is essentially just the text contained within the messages window whenever you do a List command.
Since you want the data sorted on coordinate, you'll need to somehow get that data into the listing. I can think of two (2) options:
- Renumber your elements based on x, y coordinates
- Edit / create a custom output listing format that contains x and y coordinates, then sort in excel
Personally I think the custom re-numbering is your best bet. Then you can use the old Aerospace numbering trick where digits correspond to location (even = RH, odd = LH, 3rd digit = frame number, etc
element number = xxyy
XX = column number
YY = row number
Want everything in column 10?. List...Output...Standard...Elements 1001-1099.
Quick hint: You can change the numbering increment as part of the renumbering dialog (it doesn't always need to be by 1 digit...can by by 10's, 52's, etc.) or by full offsets (1-100 to 1001-1100)
You may also want to explore creating your own custom format (especially if you'll do this frequently). I *think* once you have a custom format, then you can use the Data Table.
Here's a custom format we use for beam elements...just give us combined stress:
Thanks for the reply. The above sounds like an exceedingly complicated procedure.
I was hoping that there is a procedure in Data Tables which I may be not aware of and just export the values to Excel and/or use it to create a function and then chart it.
Femap definitely needs to incorporate the path feature.
Assuming I'm understanding your request correctly, there is an easier way.
Take this sample model:
Start by creating a group of the CBUSH elements you want to plot. If you want to plot all the CBUSH elements in the model, you can skip this step.
Next, in the charting pane, create a new data series and select the "vs. Entity" pane (default).
You'll get a plot similar to this:
Should you want to export that data anywhere, you can