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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 can now Plot Imported Results

Article by Siavash Khajehhasani created/updated November 11, 2017

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018, you can now create simulation result plots by importing data from an external file.

Here is an example, the stress results at a cutout location are saved and sorted into a *.csv file.

Simulation study results

Simulation study results

Please note that the input file can be either a text *.txt file, or a comma/space delimited *.csv file.

The data is stored in two columns. The first column lists the node or element number, and the second column lists the scalar values associated to the respective node or element.

 

Excel data

CSV data

Mapping of the results is achieved per node or element number. The current mesh of the active study and the mesh from which the imported results are derived must be identical. Herein, the mesh setting is copied from the ‘default analysis’ to an ‘import stress’ study.

The current mesh of the active study and the mesh from which the imported results are derived must be identical

The current mesh of the active study and the mesh from which the imported results are derived must be identical

To import the results plot, right-click on the top study icon of the study tree, and click Plot Imported Results from the shortcut menu, as shown below:

Plot Imported Results

Plot Imported Results

Once in the ‘Plot Import Results’ menu, browse to the saved data set files. the stress results around the cutout can be displayed in a new simulation tab which has an identical mesh to the default analysis. Please note that no other boundary condition is required in a new simulation.

Plot Imported Results

Imported Results Plot

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Siavash Khajehhasani

Siavash is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Oakville, Ontario office.

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