Rotate BAR elements


I'm trying to merge a couple of moderately large models, and both were built in different coordinate systems. I generally use the /Modify/Align command to get the meshes to line up.


However, that command does not modify the orientation vectors on the bar elements. The model I'm trying to rotate has several c-channels represented by bar elements and there are several different orientations relative to the rest of the model throughout.


Is there a way to rotate an entire model including the orientation vectors on the CBAR elements?


Re: Rotate BAR elements

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

Open both models, then use the File > Merge command.  There is an option to transform the model using the  Transform Merged Model option in the Model Merge Manager dialog box.


Pay close attention to the Renumbering options so you do not overwrite the properties, materials, nodes and/or elements in the model you are merging into.



Best Regards,
Chip Fricke
Principal Applications Engineer - Femap Product Development

Re: Rotate BAR elements

Hi Chip,

Thanks for your reply.

When I merge those models, will it transform both the bar elements' orientations and offsets?

What I'm finding is that when I try to reorient the nodes in those elements, the rotations don't carry through to the those.


Tony Domenico
Mechanical Engineering
Orbital ATK, Launch Vehicle Division
3380 S. Price Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
480 814-6243


Notice: This e-mail is intended solely for use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is proprietary, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader is not the intended recipient or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. This communication may also contain data subject to U.S. export laws. If so, data subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulation cannot be disseminated, distributed, transferred, or copied, whether incorporated or in its original form, to foreign nationals residing in the U.S. or abroad, absent the express prior approval of the U.S. Department of State. Data subject to the Export Administration Act may not be disseminated, distributed, transferred or copied contrary to U. S. Department of Commerce regulations. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy the e-mail message and any physical copies made of the communication.
Thank you.

Re: Rotate BAR elements


Never mind my last. That worked. Thanks!