In running a static study, the deflections that are given at nodes are absolutes. Is there a way to determine the X, Y, Z deflections at each node?
are you talking about list selected and/or probe?
the outputs from those are the XYZ location of the notes and then whatever you're plotting. X displacement, y displacement, z displacement or resultant. those are relative to where the node started. aka the displacement of the nodes
so i'm a bit confused by your quesiton. an example might help
Thanks for the follow up Jared.
Placing a sensor allowed me to determine the coordinate deflections that I was looking for. The results of a static study provide you the absolute (x^2+y^2+z^2) deflection but not the deflections for each axis. I wanted to know how much a node was deflecting in the z direction only and a sensor works nicely.
There may be other ways to get the answer and I would love to know alternatives if they are available.
Plot z direction instead of resultant
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