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Tutorial 11: Plot a force vs.

displacement
curve
Case description:
Curve topics covered:
Create from ASCII Data, Filter, Invert, Cross-plot, Save as Text, Save as Image

Files required:
nodout.zip,rcforc.zip

Step 1: Plot Force vs. Time curve


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FEMPostASCII
select "rcforc" from the upper list
click File
open rcforc
select "Sl-1" from the middle list
select "Z-force" from the lower list
click Plot

Step 2: Filter Force vs. Time curve


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right-click Port1 in XY-plot Page Manager


click control
click icon of Set Curve filtering
select Filter: sae
select Time: sec
click Apply

Step 3: Save Force vs. Time curve


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click "write XY-plot data to a file" icon


enter Output Type:Curve file
click Browse to specify a file folder for output files
enter Filename: FvsT.crv
click save

Step 4: Plot Displacement vs. Time curve


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FEMPostASCII
select "nodout" from the upper list
click File
open nodout
select "1000" from the middle list
select "Z-displacement" from the lower list
click Plot

Step 5: Invert Displacement vs. Time curve


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right-click Port2 in XY-plot Page Manager


click control
click icon of process XY-plot data
select inverty
click Apply

Step 6: Save Displacement vs. Time curve


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click "write XY-plot data to a file" icon


enter Output Type:Curve file
click Browse to specify a file folder for output files
enter Filename: DvsT.crv
click save

Step 7: Define X-Axis for cross plot


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FEMPostXY plot
click "Add"button to load the Fvst.crv file and DvsT.crv file
select :DvsT.crv
select Cross
select "DvsT.crv:iny-1000(np=121)" in the bottom panel list
note: at this point selection automatically changes from X-Axis to Y-Axis

Step 8:Define Y-Axis for cross plot


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select "FvsT.crv" in the side panel list


select "FvsT.crv:Sl 1(np=121)" in the bottom panel list
activate :Main
click :new

Step 9: Modify chart titles


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click "Set and change titles/axis labels


enter Plot Title: Force vs. Displacement
enter Legend Title: Curves
enter X-Axis Label: Displacement, mm
enter Y-Axis Label: Force, N

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click Apply

Step 10: Save Force vs. Displacement curve as an image


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click "Open print dialog" icon


click Browse to specify a file folder for output files
enter Name :FvsD
select Extension :PNG
click :Print