Re: Pro/Mechanica structural analysis

David - The Program Files install only screws up your translation
ability. A STEP or IGES file written by Pro/E with valid geometry can't
be read into Mechanica. Fix the install directory and things get better.
I thought I read of a WildFire 2 issue with the FEM button selection,
too... Since this is 2001 the answer has been posted. We need a matrix
to keep track of all this stuff. In Wildfire loading Mechanica first is
the right way to go... it used to be Pro/E first.
-meld
David Janes wrote:
: I'm using Pro/E 2001 amd Pro/Mech2001.Am I missing some of the settings or > : what?
> : Thanks,
> : Marko
> :
> The last time I saw this question reported in this NG, meld_b said to install the
> program in a directory with no spaces in the name, in other words, somewhere other
> than in the "Program files" directory.
>
> Also, FEM mode is the Mechanica mesher, for creating meshed models to send to
> another solver, like Ansys, Nastran/Patran. No solver functions are available in
> this mode, so when you get the program working right, make sure the FEM mode box
> is NOT checked when you wish to run Structure, etc.
>
> David Janes
>
>
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meld_b
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: I thought I read of a WildFire 2 issue with the FEM button selection, : too...
Hey, I don't want to scare you anymore with rumors, but the last one I heard about FEM was that it was going away, too. All the better analysis software does its own meshing, none of them read native Pro/e files anyway, you're just sending them iges/step exports. Hardly anyone anymore even uses FEM. Plus, integrated Mechanica, if I'm not mistaken, starts with WF or WF2 to be able to show the mesh.
DJ
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David Janes
Hmmm - The ability to do H-code meshing inside Pro/E would seem useful to someone...And I would think PTC would want that to keep people from buying other solutions, but if it doesn't sell well... And these days Mechanica does have a LOT more competition than it did in the 90's
I thought I heard with WF you can see the mesh only in post processing if you flick the right buttons. To me that's too little too late. Maybe I'm wrong.
Speaking of that... When IS the production version of WF2 going to ship???? my calendar says that March is OVER! OKay... I'll wait until they fix some more things
-meld
David Janes wrote:
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meld_b
I agree completely. I use the FEM option a lot to create meshes for MoldFlow (midplane mesh) and CosmosM (midplane and solid mesh). I must say that the quality of the files was a lot and I really mean a lot better in 2001 than it is in WildFire. E.g. if you generate a triangular shell mesh and you take a close look at the generated file it is in fact a rectangular mesh with two nodes placed upon each other. The tetrahedral mesh suffers from even worse problems. The mesh for Pro/Mechanica itself is good though.
You can see the mesh if you create it first using AutoGEM at least that is the way I usually do it. This way you can even see your mesh before you have applied constraints and/or loads.
Best regards,
John Bijnens
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