Look into adding sensors. You define these at a given point, then you can track the sensor and it will tell you the location of that node of the mesh.
Obviously I'm not doing this correctly since I'm getting values that make no sense.
I created a reference axis at the point where I wish to measure displacement and I added a 3 sensors at this location based on this reference geometry to measure Displacment in X, Displacement in Y, and Displacment in Z.
After the study runs, I get the displacements for each of these sensors as follows:
X: Displacement1 (0.1886 in)
Y: Displacement2 (0.00580376 in)
Z: Displacement3 (0.00630914 in)
However, when I look at the solution plot for URES, my maximum displacement, which occurs at this exact same point, is determined to be 0.7092 in. How do I get the x, y, and z components of this displacment value? The values determined from the sensors are completely different.
If I use a sensor at this location to measure the Resultant Displacment, I get the same value of 0.0792.
Resultant: Displacement4 (0.709187 in)
The reason Solidworks was giving values that did not correspond to the x, y, and z displacements of the Resultant Displacment value was an error in how the sensor was set up. In the "Properties" section of the Sensor edit panel, the default "Model Max" was selected, and therefore was providing the maximum displacement of the model and not the maximum displacement at the sensor location.
Under Sensor < Properties, the drop down menu for Criterion has the option of "Max over Selected Entities" which allows a specific point, line, axis, etc. to be selected. For each sensor, if the vertex where the displacment is to be measured is selected, then the sensor will provide the value of displacement at this vertex:
The number to the right of "Value : xxxxxxx" under Sensor Type will provide the displacment magnitude at this location for the specific sensor.
O Thank you! your answer solve half of the Sensor, construction geometry displacement in simulation. ?
can you take a look at it? there there is a question, how to use a ray and plane intersection instead a given point.
if you are plotting resultant displacement and probing the point, your output is the resultant displacement from where it was. if you output x,y,z displacements and then add to the initial location, you get the final location. basically the same thing you're doing with the sensor. a sensor is just an extension of the probe functionality.
Jared Conway (or anyone really) would you mind elaborating on that response? I have a similar application where I need to track the displacement of a specific point (actually several points). Would using the probe be easier than setting up sensors? What's the difference between the probe and a sensor? Thanks.