0 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2010 10:25 AM by Andy Krispie

    Design studies and failure

    Andy Krispie



      I've been trying to use a design study to examine the sensitivity of certain geometric changes.  I'm using a nonlinear analysis and the failure mode is generally a combination of Euler and local buckling. 


      Unfortunately the results I obtain using the design study are not consistent with those obtained doing a separate nonlinear analysis.  There seems to be some kind of issue with plot steps.  I am using automatic time stepping with a pre-defined min step, so for some cases it takes 5 steps and for others it takes 20 for the model to fail.  I am suspicious the problem is getting the design study to behave this way and not simply mimic the original non-linear analysis.


      Has anyone had issues getting the design study function to predict failure?  Is it more of a check tool to be used only with working loads?


      Any comments would be appreciated.