When I use 'Plot Tools' and 'Probe' a node in Displacement SW gives an x,y,z coordinate and the total displacement (as I understand it). Is there a way to actually get the delta-x,y,z values?
Would creating displacement plots or sensors for the different components you are looking for, and then probing accomplish what you are asking?
ie Create a UX displacement plot, then probe certain nodes to find their X displacement value
Alternatively if you know the node numbers you could right click the Results folder -> "List Stress, Displacement, Strains" and select Displacement over a range of nodes to list out the X, Y, Z and resultant values for each node. I tested that with a very small load and it appears all the displacement components go to 0.
what is the goal or application?
xyz is the location of the node
so theoretically it is final location-delta
One might think so but I have gone back and checked. The xyz of the node is it's position on the model and the displacement given is just that, displacement. There is no delta-xyz to be found (at least where I can search.) I verified this by finding the same node on the un-deformed model which gives me the same xyz as does the displacement output.
The goal is to understand, in this case the 'x' direction, exactly what the impact is in the direction of interest so we can tune it out from the manufacturing process. I understand this is not a big deal when we are talking extremely small deflections but when they get larger even 10% could help.
That seems to work. I have to do them one at a time but that is precisely what I'm looking for. Thank you.
Just to be clear, it was your second paragraph that was the answer.
i see what you were asking
you aren't looking for resultant (default plot), SQRT(X^2+Y^2+Z^2), you were looking for X, Y and Z components of displacement.
ryan's suggestion is dead on.
for efficiency, you may want to look at sensors at particular locations.
I use sensors but they seem to only give the original xyz unless I'm looking in the wrong place.
what is "original XYZ"
I call the "original xyz" the physical location of the particular node on the surface of the part before any load is applied.
are you saying the only sensor you can find is to export the node location?
you should have similar options from an output perspective for a sensor as you do for plots
Here's what I mean:
Node info from mesh, no deformation, before FEA:
Here it is afterward:
you're still plotting ures which is always going to be the resultant, not a component
That's my point exactly, how do I get the "xyz" and Ryan answered that.
sure. so you have the answer to this question
I use sensors but they seem to only give the original xyz unless I'm looking in the wrong place."
my understanding is that you were still trying to get sensor to do something for you
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