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Actuator Set Activity

Actuator Set Activity

(Template Builder) Build -> Actuators -> Set Activity

Shared Dialog Box

Sets the activity of an actuator. Learn how to Set Activity.

For the option:

Do the following:

Actuator

Enter the database name of the actuator.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Active

Select one of the following:

on - Actuator is active.

off - Actuator is not active.

Actuator Set Function

(Template Builder) Build -> Actuators -> Set Function

Shared Dialog Box

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Defines actuator functions. Learn about how to Set Function.

For the option:

Do the following:

Actuator

Enter the database name of an actuator.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Function

Define the function of the single-component forces created by the actuator you selected.

Select to use the Function or Expressi on Builder to define a function. For information

Select to use the Function or Expression Builder to define a function. For information on the Function or Expression Builder, see Function Builder.

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Add Database to Search

Add Database to Search

Tools -> Database Management -> Add to Search

Shared Dialog Box

Within a session, adds Databases to search, providing a method of interactively registering a new or existing database from your file system. This functionality provides an alternative method to hand- editing either the shared or your private acar.cfg file. After the database has been added to your current session, you will be able to access assemblies, subsystems, templates, and property files from that database.

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Database Name

Enter the name by which the database will be referenced during the session. This name may be related or not similar to the actual file system path where it is located.

Database Path

Enter the complete file system path for the new database. You can do either of the following:

Enter the path directly into the text box. For example, if the path for the prototype database is located at /usr/people/gabriel/prototype_02.cdb, you enter: /usr/people/gabriel/prototype_02.cdb

Select

• Select and then select the desired directory.

and then select the desired directory.

Enter the path to a new database, such as c:\temp\experiment.cdb. In this case, your template-based product creates a new empty database.

Database Info

Select to display a list of the search directories, including their search level, database name, and database path.

Add Subsystem

(Standard Interface) File -> Manage Assemblies -> Add Subsystem

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Add Subsystem

Shared Dialog Box

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For the option:

 

Do the following:

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

 

Subsystem

Select subsystems:

To search/browse for a subsystem, right-click the text box next to

.
.

To select a subsystem that is open in the current session, select

• To select a subsystem that is open in the current session, select

. The icon

changes to

and the text box is replaced by a pull-down menu from which

and the text box is replaced by a pull-down menu from which

you can select a subsystem.

 

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Assembly Display

Assembly Display

(Standard Interface) View -> Assembly

Shared Dialog Box

Displays a full-vehicle or suspension assembly.

For the option:

Do the following:

Assembly

Shows the list of valid assemblies that are currently in the database. Select the one you want to display.

Assembly Info

(Standard Interface) File -> Info -> Assembly

Shared Dialog Box

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Assembly Info

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Displays detailed information about Assemblies open in the current session.

For the option:

Do the following:

Assembly Name

Select the assembly whose information you want to display. The menu lists all open assemblies.

Save information to a file

Select if you want to save the assembly information to a text file. If you don't specify a path, your template-based product defaults to storing the file in the directory where you started the session.

If you select Save information to a file, your template-based product enables the following option:

File Name

Enter the name of the text file which will contain the assembly information listing.

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Attach Custom Dialog Boxes

Attach Custom Dialog Boxes

(Template Builder) Build -> Custom Gui -> Dialog Box -> Attach

Shared Dialog Box

Attaches custom dialog boxes to a template you specify. Learn about Customizing Your Product.

If you want to save a custom dialog box with a template, you must perform the attachment operation.

For the option:

Do the following:

Template Name

Select the template to which you want to attach the custom dialog box(es).

Dialog Box Attachments

Enter the name of the dialog boxes that you want to attach to the template you selected.

<<Add

Select if you want to invoke the Database Navigator and select single or multiple custom dialog boxes.

Clear

Select if you want to remove attached dialog box(es) from the specified template.

Bumpstop

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Bumpstop

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Tools -> Curve Manager

Generates a bumpstop property file. Learn about Working with Bumpstops.

You can create a linear bumpstop by entering a slope (stiffness), or define a force-deflection characteristic using a mathematical formula (see Modifying Curves). You can also enter data in a spreadsheet and view and edit the corresponding curve in the plotting window by dragging Hotpoints.

The following table explains the default options that are common to both the plot and table Curve Manager views. Learn about Curve Manager.

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Slope

Enter the slope of the curve that defines the displacement-force relation.

Limits

Enter the upper and lower x values for the curve.

Points/

Specify the number of points or segments for the curve. You can:

Segs

Enter the number of points or segments.

Right-click

• Right-click and select to create a function expression that defines

and select

• Right-click and select to create a function expression that defines

to create a function expression that defines

the vertical (y) values in terms of the horizontal (x) values. You can use only one independent variable (x) to describe the functional relation. You can use any valid FORTRAN mathematical operator, such as SIN, **2, and so on.

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Bundle Database

Bundle Database

Tools -> Database Management -> Bundle Database

Shared Dialog Box

Creates a tar file of an existing Database.

Bundling a database entails grouping together in the tar file all the subdirectories and files which currently exist below the selected database. Your template-based product writes the resulting tar file to the Default Writable Database under the name database_name.tar. This functionality is useful when you want a snapshot state of a database, or if you want to transfer the database files to an external file system.

For the option:

Do the following:

Database Name

Select the name of a database currently in the search list. The menu reflects the current status of the internal database, and is updated when you add or remove databases.

compress

Select if you want to also compress the resulting tar file; otherwise the tar file remains in its default state. When you select compress, the name of the tar file becomes database_name.tar.Z.

uuencode

Select to uuencode the tar file. The resulting name of the tar file will be either database_name.tar.uu or database_name.tar.Z.uu, depending on whether you also compressed the file.

Database Info

Select to display a list of the search directories, including their search level, database name, and database path.

Note:

Functionality only available on UNIX platforms.

Bushing

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Bushing

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Tools -> Curve Manager

Generates a bushing property file. Learn about Working with Bushings.

You can create a linear bushing by entering a slope (stiffness/angular stiffness), or define a force- deflection characteristic using a mathematical formula. You can also enter data in a spreadsheet and view and edit the corresponding curve in the plotting window by dragging Hotpoints. See Modifying Curves.

A bushing property file lists:

Six curves (three translational and three rotational characteristics)

Six damping factors defined as constants in the three axial directions

The following table explains the default options that are common to both the plot and table Curve Manager views. Learn about Curve Manager.

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Slope

Enter the slope of the curve that defines the velocity-force relation.

Limits

Enter the upper and lower x values for the curve.

Points/

Specify the number of points or segments for the curve. You can:

Segs

Enter the number of points or segments.

Right-click

• Right-click and select to create a function expression that

and select

• Right-click and select to create a function expression that

to create a function expression that

defines the vertical (y) values in terms of the horizontal (x) values. You can use only one independent variable (x) to describe the functional relation. You can use any valid FORTRAN mathematical operator, such as SIN, **2, and so on.

Damping

Enter the damping values for each rotational and translational component as a real number, or, if you want, you can compute those values as a percentage of the stiffness (slope of the force/deflection curve) at 0.0 deflection.

Note:

The pull-down menus in the upper left corner of the Curve Manager allow you to select an active plot (translational and rotational stiffnesses) and components (x-y-z axis).

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By Entering Size

By Entering Size

(Template Builder) Build -> Geometry -> Elllipsoid -> New/Modify -> Method: by entering size

Shared Dialog Box

For the option:

Do the following:

General Part

Enter the name of the part that will own the ellipsoid geometry.

X/Y/Z Radius

Enter the ellipsoid radii in the x, y, and z directions based on the specified

Coordinate Reference location.

Calculate Installed Length

(Standard Interface) Right-click component -> Modify ->

Interface) Right-click component -> Modify -> Dialog Box - F1 Help Calculate Installed Length Shared

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Calculate Installed Length

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Calculates the installed length from a desired preload value.

For the option:

Do the following:

Desired Preload

Enter the value of the preload for the spring. Your template-based product calculates the corresponding installed length based on the property file values for the spring.

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Calculate Mass

Calculate Mass

(Template Builder) Build -> Parts -> General Part -> Calculate Mass or

Create/modify dialog boxes ->

-> Calculate Mass or Create/modify dialog boxes -> Shared Dialog Box Calculates the mass and inertia

Shared Dialog Box

Calculates the mass and inertia of a general part. Learn about General Parts. When you use this dialog box to set the mass properties of a general part, your template-based product uses all defined geometries that belong to the general part to determine the correct mass and inertia properties.

For the option:

Do the following:

General Part

Enter the name of the general part whose mass and inertia properties you want to modify.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Density

Select one of the following:

Material - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from the current density value for the selected material.

User-Entered - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from a user-entered density.

If you set Density to Material, your template-based product displays the following option:

Material Type

Select a material type from the list of materials currently defined. When you select a material, your template-based product uses the density defined for that material to calculate the general part's mass and inertia properties.

If you set Density to User-Entered, your template-based product displays the following option:

Density Value

Enter a density that your template-based product will use to calculate the general part's mass and inertia properties.

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Centered Between Coordinates

Dialog boxes where you can set location dependencie

Shared Dialog Box

Locates an entity at a centered distance between Coordinate References. While using two coordinate references to define the location is most common, both three- and four-coordinate reference methods are also allowed for defining the location dependency.

For the option:

Do the following:

Centered between

Select the desired number of coordinate references to be used in assigning the location dependency. Your template-based product calculates the resultant location by averaging the x, y, z values of the specified coordinate references.

Coordinate Reference

Enter hardpoints or construction frames to be used in determining the centered location. Only the number of text boxes that correspond to the selection you made for Centered between are enabled.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

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Change Database Search Order

Change Database Search Order

Tools -> Database Management -> Change Search Order

Changes the search order of a Database.

Shared Dialog Box

Note:

The search order is off by default. See the note in Setting Up the Search List and Order.

If you specify a file name without a full path, your template-based product searches through the defined databases until it finds a matching file name. The search order of these databases is set in your private configuration file, but you can change it at any time during the session.

Therefore, if two databases contain a file with the same name but different data, changing the database order may cause your template-based product to find a different file in each case. This is advantageous in many cases, but may produce unintended results when you change the search order without realizing that your template-based product may be accessing different files.

For the option:

Do the following:

Database Name

Select the database name whose current position you want to change. The menu updates when you add or remove databases.

Level

Specify the new level the database will occupy in the search list.

If the Information window currently displays the following information:

Level 1: **private Level 2: *shared Level 3: *gabriel and you set the private database to level 2, the new search order will be as follows:

Level 1: *shared Level 2: **private Level 3: *gabriel

Database Info

Select to display a list of the search directories, including their search level, database name, and database path.

Close Assembly

(Standard Interface) File -> Close -> Assembly

Closes the current assembly.

Shared Dialog Box

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Close Assembly

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For the option:

Do the following:

Assembly Name

Select the assembly you want to close. The menu lists all open assemblies.

Save modified subsystems

Select if you want to save the subsystems you modified in this session.

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Close Subsystem

Close Subsystem

(Standard Interface) File -> Close -> Subsystem

Shared Dialog Box

Closes the selected subsystem without first saving it to the Database.

For the option:

Do the following:

Subsystem Name

Select the subsystem you want to close. The menu lists all open subsystems.

Close Template

(Template Builder) File -> Close

Shared Dialog Box

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Closes the selected template without first saving it to a Database.

For the option:

Do the following:

Template

Select the template you want to close. The menu lists all open templates.

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Clutch Force

Clutch Force

(Template Builder) Driveline Components -> Clutch Forces -> New/Modify Comprehensive Help

Defines a clutch force.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Clutch Force Name

If creating a clutch force, enter a string to define its name.

If modifying a clutch force, enter the database name of an existing clutch force.

I Part

Enter the database name of a part that defines the action part of the clutch force.

J Part

Enter the database name of a part that defines the reaction part of the clutch force.

Construction Frame

Enter the name of an existing construction frame that defines both the axis about which the clutch torque will act and along which of the clutch forces the torque will act.

Property File

Enter a property file suitable for clutch forces. You can enter a new property file name directly in the text box, or right-click to either search the chosen Adams/Driveline database or browse for the file using the file navigator.

Clearance

Enter a nonnegative real number to define the clearance between the two friction plates.

Adams/Driveline uses the data from the next four options to create the friction versus relative slip

curve. See a plot of a typical Friction Versus Relative Slip.

Static Friction Coefficient

Enter a nonnegative real number to define the static friction between the two friction plates.

Dynamic Friction Coefficient

Enter a nonnegative real number to define the dynamic friction between the two friction plates.

Static Slip Velocity

Enter a nonnegative real number to define the velocity threshold at which the static friction becomes fully active.

Dynamic Slip Velocity

Enter a nonnegative real number to define the velocity threshold at which the dynamic friction becomes fully active.

Effective Friction Radius

Enter a nonnegative real number that defines the effective radius at which the resulting tangent force is acting so as to calculate the clutch torque correctly.

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Clutch Force

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For the option:

Do the following:

Select to display the Modify Entity Comments dialog box, where you can add multi-line comments

Select to display the Modify Entity Comments dialog box, where you can add multi-line comments to any entity to describe its purpose and function.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Select to view property file information. By default, your template- based product displays this information

Select to view property file information. By default, your template- based product displays this information in the Information window, but you can choose to display the information in a text editor.

Learn about:

• Working with the Information Window

• Editing Files Using a Text Editor

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Communicators Info

Communicators Info

(Template Builder) Build -> Communicator -> Info

Shared Dialog Box

Displays information about Communicators, to help you assess the status of communicators for one or more templates.

For the option:

Do the following:

Model Names

Enter the model name(s) of one or more templates. If you choose more than one template, your template-based product groups the communicator information into a separate section for each template.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Type

Select the type of communicator variables to be displayed in the Information window:

Input - Specifies that only information for input communicators will be shown.

Output - Specifies that only information for output communicators will be shown.

All - Specify that information for all the communicator variables found in each of the specified templates will be shown.

Entity

Select the type of communicator variables to be displayed in the Information window:

Many - Your template-based product displays many entity class options for you to select.

All - Your template-based product selects all entity classes.

array/bushing/

Select one or more options. Each option represents a distinct entity that has a corresponding communicator variable for the type.

differential

equation/force/

 

Clear Information

Select if your template-based product should clear the Information window of any current information before displaying the communicator information.

Window

Learn about Working with the Information Window.

Save Info Results to File

Select if your template-based product should send communicator information to a text file.

If you select Save Info Results to File, your template-based product displays the following option:

File Name

Enter the name of the text file that will contain the results displayed in the Information window.

Copy File

Tools -> File Management -> Copy

Shared Dialog Box

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Copies a file on the file system.

Your template-based product provides a run-time interface for copying files on the file system. You can copy files by specifying from and to directories. In addition, for many files you can take advantage of the CDB (Car DataBase) structure to facilitate the copying. For example, you can copy a bushing property file from one database to another. Rather than use the filesystem path (C:\Program Files\Adams12.0\acar\shared_database.cdb\bushings.tbl), you can use the database alias C<shared\bushing.tbl>, which you can access by right-clicking.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

Filename

Enter the name of the file you want to copy.

New Filename

Enter the destination file name.

Example input:

Filename (as entered in the text box above):

/usr/people/gabriel/private.cdb/templates.tbl/prototype.tpl

New Filename: prototype_2000.tpl

If copying to the old file's directory, the resultant file is

/usr/people/gabriel/private.cdb/templates.tbl/prototype_2000.tpl

You can also right-click and select one of your databases. In this case, you will need to provide a new file name in the Filename text box, and then select OK. Alternatively, you can type the path and file name.

To Database Name

Select from the available list of databases, which may be some or all of the databases found in the search list (only the writable databases are valid choices for this operation).

When you use this option, Adams requires that the file name you specified is located under a table directory within a database structure (bushing.tbl, dampers.tbl, plot_configs.tbl, and so on). This is because the copy file algorithm will attempt to copy the file to the corresponding table in the selected database. For example, <shared>/assemblies.tbl/MDI_Demo_Vehicle_lt.asy would be copied to <private>/assemblies.tbl/MDI_Demo_Vehicle_lt.asy, if you selected <private> as the database name.

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Copy File

Note:

The new file name will always have the same extension as the old file name. If you input a different extension for the new file name, your template-based product will modify it to correspond to the extension of the old file name.

Create Custom Push Button

(Template Builder) Build -> Custom Gui -> Menu -> Push Button -> Create

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Create Custom Push Button

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Automatically creates Push Buttons that you customize for a specific template. Push button(s) are added to the template custom interface and they execute the commands you specify in the Commands text box.

Learn about Customizing Your Product.

For the option:

Do the following:

Label

Enter the text that you want to appear on the push button.

Parent Menu

Select where you want to place the push button. If you specify adjust then the push button will appear under the Build menu.

Template Name

Select the template for which you want to create custom push button(s).

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Commands

Define an Adams/View command that will be executed when clicking on the custom push button. Usually these commands cause your template-based product to display a custom dialog box.

Rebuild custom menus

Select if you want to display the custom entities (in this case, push buttons) at the bottom of the Build menu in the template-builder environment for testing purposes.

Menu Info

Select if you want information about custom entities already defined in the current template.

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Create Custom Sub-Menu

Create Custom Sub-Menu

(Template Builder) Build -> Custom Gui -> Menu -> Sub Menu -> Create/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Automatically creates menus that you customize for a specific template. The menus contain only entities that exist in the template. Your template-based product adds the menus to the template's custom interface.

Learn about Customizing Your Product.

For the option:

Do the following:

Label

Enter the text that will appear in the custom menu.

Template Name

Select the template for which you want to create custom menu(s).

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Rebuild custom menus

Select if you want to update the toolbar to include the newly created menu(s).

Menu Info

Select if you want information about custom entities already defined in the current template.

Create Hardpoint

(Template Builder) Build -> Hardpoint -> New

Creates a hardpoint. Learn about Hardpoints.

Shared Dialog Box

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For the option:

Do the following:

Hardpoint Name

Enter the name of the hardpoint.

Type

Select one of the following:

left/right - Define either the left or the right hardpoint, and your template- based product creates the corresponding opposite hardpoint by default.

single - Define a nonsymmetric hardpoint.

Location

Enter the three real values that define the location of the hardpoint, separated by commas.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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Create New Database

Create New Database

Tools -> Database Management -> Create Database

Shared Dialog Box

Creates a Database on the file system and adds it to the bottom of the current database search list. Your template-based product creates the database tables according to the table information stored in the configuration (.cfg) files.

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Database Name

Enter the name by which the database will be referenced during the session. This name may be related or not similar to the actual file system path where it is located.

Database Path

Enter the complete file system path for the new database. You can do either of the following:

Enter the path directly into the text box. For example, if the path for the prototype database is located at /usr/people/gabriel/prototype_02.cdb, you enter: /usr/people/gabriel/prototype_02.cdb

Select

• Select and then select the desired directory.

and then select the desired directory.

Database Info

Select to display a list of the search directories, including their search level, database name, and database path.

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Create/Modify 2D Spur Gear Force

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Create/Modify 2D Spur Gear Force

(Template Builder) Build -> Timing Mechanism -> Gear -> 2D Spur Gear Force -> New/Modify

(Adams/Driveline Template Builder) Driveline Components -> Gear Tool -> Gear -> 2D Spur Gear Force ->

New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Creates or modifies a 2D Spur Gear Force.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Gear Force Name

If creating a gear force, enter a name for it.

If modifying a gear force, enter its database name.

Gear 1

Enter the name of the first gear.

The order in which the gears are specified is relevant in terms of the parametric orientation which is created based on the number of teeth and the relative position of both gears. If you build a chain of gears, do not use each gear more than once as Gear 2.

Gear 2

Enter the name of the second gear.

Learn about Contact Force.

You can include dynamic and static friction in the gear force. You define the friction by specifying static and dynamic coefficient, and slip and transition velocity. Learn about Calculation of Friction

Force.

Stiffness

Enter the desired stiffness.

Force Exponent

Specify the force exponent of the contact-force formulation. The force exponent is typically larger than 1.

Scale Factor

Specify the scale factor of the contact-force formulation. The scale factor is in length units.

Damping

Specify the damping coefficient of the contact-force formulation. The damping is in force units * time units.

Penetration Depth

Specify the penetration depth of the contact-force formulation. The penetration depth is in length units.

Friction Enabled

Select one of the following:

Yes - Turns the friction on.

No - Turns the friction off, that is, friction parameters = 0.

Static Coefficient

Enter the static friction coefficient of the contact, which is the maximum value of the friction.

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Create/Modify 2D Spur Gear Force

For the option:

Do the following:

Slip Velocity

Enter the velocity limit, when the friction is at its maximum.

Dynamic Coefficient

Enter the dynamic friction coefficient of the contact.

Transition Velocity

Enter the velocity limit, when friction transitions into dynamic friction only.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Note:

The order in which you specify the gears is important because it maintains the parametric orientation of the gears, therefore ensuring proper meshing. The gear force icon is positioned at the center of the first gear, Gear 1.

Use the pitch diameter variable (pitch_diameter) of each gear to parameterize the location of one gear to the location of the other gear, to ensure proper meshing. The gears pitch circles should tangent.

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Create/Modify Adjustable Force

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Create/Modify Adjustable Force

(Template Builder) Build -> Adjustable Force -> New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Creates or modifies an adjustable force. Learn about Adjustable Forces.

 

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Adjustable Force Name

If creating an adjustable force, enter a name for it.

If modifying an adjustable force, enter its database name.

I/J Part

Enter the name of the I part/J part on which the adjustable force will act.

I/J Coordinate Reference

Enter a Coordinate Reference to locate the point on the I part/J part at which the adjustable force will act.

Adjustment Type

Select one of the following:

camber

toe

I Measure Part

Enter the name of the part measured by the adjustable force. For example, in a toe adjustment, you can set the I measure part to the wheel carrier part.

I Measure Const Frame

Enter the construction frame the adjustable force uses to evaluate the desired quantity (toe or camber). For example, you could enter a spin axis construction frame.

Measured relative to:

Select one of the following:

Ground coordinate system

User-entered coordinate system

If you set Measured relative to: to User-entered coordinate system, your template-based product enables the following two options:

J

Measure Part

Enter the name of the J part that your template-based product uses to evaluate the measure.

J

Measure Const Frame

Specify the construction frame that your template-based product will use to evaluate the measurement that the adjustable force is to seek as its goal.

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Create/Modify Adjustable Force

For the option:

Do the following:

Pattern

Enter an array of ones (on) and zeros (off) to control the sequence of adjustment for multiple adjustable forces.

For example, if you enter 0,0,1,0, your template-based product performs four initial static equilibrium simulations for adjusting the suspension, but the adjustable force acts during the third static equilibrium Simulation only. You should coordinate the pattern of all forces in all templates.

Desired Value

Enter the toe or camber angle.

Stiffness

Enter the stiffness used in the adjustable force formulation.

Damping

Enter the damping used in the adjustable force formulation.

Lock with Motion

Select one of the following:

yes

no

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template- based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Create/Modify Arm Geometry

(Template Builder) Build -> Geometry -> Arm -> New/Modify

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Create/Modify Arm Geometry

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Creates or modifies arm geometry. Learn about Arm Geometry.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Arm Name

If creating arm geometry, enter a name for it.

If modifying arm geometry, enter its database name.

General Part

Enter the name of the part that will own the arm geometry.

Coordinate Reference

Specify three Coordinate References to define the corners of the triangle representing the arm.

#1/2/3

Thickness

Specify the thickness of the arm geometry.

Color

Select a color for the arm geometry graphic.

Calculate Mass Properties of General Part

Select to calculate the mass properties of the general part.

If you select Calculate Mass Properties of General Part, your template-based product enables the following option:

Density

Select one of the following:

Material - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from the current density value for the selected material.

User-Entered - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from a user- entered density.

This calculates the mass and inertia based on the dimensions of the arm.

If you set Density to Material, your template-based product displays the following option:

Material Type

Select a material type from the list of materials currently defined. When you select a material, your template-based product uses the density defined for that material to calculate the general part's mass properties.

If you set Density to User-Entered, your template-based product displays the following option:

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Create/Modify Arm Geometry

For the option:

Do the following:

Density Value

Enter a density that your template-based product will use to calculate the general part's mass properties.

use to calculate the general part's mass properties. Select to display a dialog box wher e

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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Create/Modify Bumpstop

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Create/Modify Bumpstop

(Template Builder) Build -> Forces -> Bumpstop -> New/Modify

Creates or modifies a bumpstop. Learn about Working with Bumpstops.

 

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

Bumpstop Name

If creating a bumpstop, enter a name for it.

If modifying a bumpstop, enter its database name.

I

Part

Enter the name of the I part on which the bumpstop will act.

J

Part

Enter the name of the J part on which the bumpstop will act.

I Coordinate Reference

Specify a Coordinate Reference to locate the point on the I part at which the bumpstop will act.

J Coordinate Reference

Specify a coordinate reference to locate the point on the J part at which the bumpstop will act.

Property File

If creating a bumpstop, note that the text box by default contains the file mdids://acar_shared/bumpstops.tbl/mdi_0001.bum. You can use this file or select another one from your databases.

If modifying a bumpstop, specify the property file that contains the force- deflection relationship for the bumpstop.

Learn About Bumpstop Property Files.

Clearance/Impact Length

Select a method to specify when the bumpstop force activates:

Clearance - You specify the distance the I coordinate reference can travel towards the J coordinate reference before the bumpstop force activates.

Impact Length - Specify how close the I coordinate reference can approach the J coordinate reference before the bumpstop force activates.

Color

Select a color for the bumpstop graphic.

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Create/Modify Bumpstop

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Bumpstop Diameter Slider

If creating a bumpstop, the slider is disabled and set to 20.

If modifying a bumpstop, select the diameter of the bumpstop graphic.

Note:

Because the bumpstop is not a part itself, and solely defines the force-displacement relationship between two parts, changing the bumpstop graphic diameter does not translate into different bumpstop properties.

Select to display a dialog box wher e you can add multi-line comments to any

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Select to modify:

Select to modify:

• TeimOrbit File Format property files in the Curve Manager.

 

• XML File Format property files in the Property File Editor.

While either tool is active, you cannot perform operations in the main window. After exiting either tool, you can resume working in the main window.

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in the Information window, but you can choose to display the information in a text editor.

Learn about:

• Working with the Information Window

• Editing Files Using a Text Editor

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Create/Modify Bushing Attachment

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Create/Modify Bushing Attachment

(Template Builder) Build -> Attachments -> Bushing -> New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Creates or modifies a bushing. Learn about Working with Bushings.

 

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

Bushing Name

If creating a bushing, enter a name for it.

If modifying a bushing, enter its database name.

I

Part

Enter the name of the part on which the bushing will act.

J

Part

Enter the name of the part on which the bushing will react.

Type

Select one of the following:

left/right - Define one of the bushings, and your template-based product creates the corresponding opposite bushing.

single - Define a nonsymmetric bushing.

Inactive

Select if the bushing will become inactive in the kinematic mode. Generally, a bushing becomes inactive in kinematic mode if a joint is created which models the kinematic motion of the bushing, and you want to use the joint in place of the bushing in the Analysis of the system.

Preload

Enter the initial translational force loading on the bushing, defined along the x-, y-, and z-axis of the bushing.

Tpreload

Enter the initial torsional force loading on the bushing, defined about the x-, y-, and z-axis of the bushing.

Offset

Enter the initial translational displacement of the bushing, defined along the x-, y-, and z-axis of the bushing.

Roffset

Enter the initial rotational displacement of the bushing, defined about the x-, y-, and z-axis of the bushing.

Geometry Length

Enter the length of the bushing geometry graphic.

Geometry Radius

Enter the radius of the bushing geometry graphic.

Property File

If creating a bushing, note that the text box by default contains the file mdids://acar_shared/bushings.tbl/mdi_0001.bus. You can use this file or select another one from your databases.

If modifying a bushing, specify the property file that contains the force data for the bushing.

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Create/Modify Bushing Attachment

For the option:

Do the following:

Location

Select one of the following:

Dependency

• Delta Location From Coordinate

• Centered Between Coordinates

• Located Along An Axis

• Located On A Line

• Location Input Communicator

See a Summary of Location Dependency Options

Orientation

Select one of the following:

Dependency

• Delta Orientation From Coordinate

• Parallel To Axis

• Oriented In Plane

• Orient To Zpoint-Xpoint

• Orient Axis To Point

• User-Defined Values

• Orientation Input Communicator

• Toe/Camber

See a Summary of Orientation Dependency Options.

Select to display a dialog box where y ou can add multi-line comments to any

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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For the option:

Do the following:

Select to modify:

Select to modify:

• TeimOrbit File Format property files in the Curve Manager.

 

• XML File Format property files in the Property File Editor.

While either tool is active, you cannot perform operations in the main window. After exiting either tool, you can resume working in the main window.

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in the Information window, but you can choose to display the information in a text editor.

Learn about:

• Working with the Information Window

• Editing Files Using a Text Editor

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Create/Modify Condition Sensor

Create/Modify Condition Sensor

(Template Builder) Build -> Condition Sensors -> New/Modify

Defines a condition sensor.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Condition Sensor

If creating a condition sensor, enter a name for it.

If modifying a condition sensor, enter its database name.

Variable

Enter a database object of type data_element variable or measure solver computed.

Label

Enter a label string for the condition sensor. This label string will be used in event files (.xml) to select a condition sensor for end conditions. Learn about Working

with Event Files (.xml).

Units

Select units for the condition sensor. The standard driver interface (SDI) uses this information to convert the trigger values and error tolerances between different unit systems. If you select no_units, Adams/Car does not perform a conversion.

Scale Factor

Enter a scalar real number, which is multiplied to the variable object function by the SDI. This scale factor is mutually exclusive with predefined unit types, and can be used to used to enter trigger values and error tolerances in a different units system than that being used in the model (and therefore calculated by the variable object).

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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Create/Modify Construction Frames

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Create/Modify Construction Frames

(Template Builder) Build -> Construction Frame -> New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Creates or modifies construction frames. Learn about Construction Frames.

When you want only location and no orientation information, a hardpoint is the correct element to use. Learn about Hardpoints.

For the option:

Do the following:

Construction Frame

If creating a construction frame, enter a name for it.

If modifying a construction frame, enter its database name.

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Type

Construction frames exist either as symmetric or single. When defining a symmetric construction frame, either the left or right construction frame may be defined in the dialog box, with the corresponding opposite construction frame created by default. Choosing type single allows a nonsymmetric construction frame to be defined.

Location

Select one of the following:

• Delta Location From Coordinate

• Centered Between Coordinates

• Located Along An Axis

• Located At Flexible Body Node

• Located On A Line

• Location Input Communicator

See a Summary of Location Dependency Options

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Create/Modify Construction Frames

For the option:

Do the following:

Orientation

Select one of the following:

• Delta Orientation From Coordinate

• Parallel To Axis

• Oriented In Plane

• Orient To Zpoint-Xpoint

• Orient Axis To Point

• Orient Axis Along Line

• User-Defined Values

• Orient About Axis

• Orientation Input Communicator

• Toe/Camber

See a Summary of Orientation Dependency Options.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Create/Modify Cylinder Geometry

(Template Builder) Build -> Geometry -> Cylinder -> New/Modify

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Create/Modify Cylinder Geometry

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Creates or modifies cylinder geometry. Learn about Link and Cylinder Geometry.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Cylinder Name

If creating cylinder geometry, enter a name for it.

If modifying cylinder geometry, enter its database name.

General Part

Enter the name of the part that will own the cylinder geometry.

Construction Frame

Specify a construction frame to define the cylinder. Learn about

Construction Frames.

Radius

Specify the radius of the cylinder geometry.

Length In Positive Z (optional)

Enter the offset length of the cylinder geometry in the positive Z direction of the selected construction frame.

Length In Negative Z (optional)

Enter the offset length of the cylinder geometry in the negative Z direction of the selected construction frame.

Color

Select a color for the cylinder geometry graphic.

Calculate Mass Properties of General Part

Select to calculate the mass and inertia properties of the general part.

If you select Calculate Mass Properties of General Part, your template-based product enables the following option:

Density

Select one of the following:

Material - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from the current density value for the selected material.

User-Entered - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from a user- entered density.

If you set Density to Material, your template-based product displays the following option:

Material Type

Select a material type from the list of materials currently defined. When you select a material, your template-based product uses the density defined for that material to calculate the general part's mass properties.

If you set Density to User-Entered, your template-based product displays the following option:

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Create/Modify Cylinder Geometry

For the option:

Do the following:

Density Value

Enter a density that your template-based product will use to calculate the general part's mass properties.

use to calculate the general part's mass properties. Select to display a dialog box where you

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Create/Modify Damper

(Template Builder) Build -> Forces -> Damper -> New/Modify

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Create/Modify Damper

Shared Dialog Box

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Creates or modifies a damper. Learn about Working with Dampers.

For the option:

 

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Damper Name

If creating a damper, enter a name for it.

If modifying a damper, enter its database name.

I Part

Enter the name of the part on which the damper will act.

J Part

Enter the name of the part on which the damper will react.

I Coordinate Reference

Specify a Coordinate Reference to locate the point on the I part at which the damper will act.

J Coordinate Reference

Specify a hardpoint or a construction frame to locate the point on the J part at which the damper will act.

Property File

If creating a damper, note that the text box by default contains the file name

<shared>/dampers.tbl/mdi_shk_0001.dpr.

If modifying a damper, specify the property file that contains the force- velocity relationship for the damper.

Color

Select a color for the damper graphic.

Damper Diameter

If creating a damper, the slider is disabled and set to 15.

If modifying a damper, select the diameter of the damper graphic.

Note:

Because the damper is not a part itself, and solely defines the force-velocity relationship between two parts, changing the damper graphic diameter does not translate into different damper properties.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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Create/Modify Damper

For the option:

Do the following:

Select to modify:

Select to modify:

• TeimOrbit File Format property files in the Curve Manager.

 

• XML File Format property files in the Property File Editor.

While either tool is active, you cannot perform operations in the main window. After exiting either tool, you can resume working in the main window.

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in

Select to view property file information. By default, your template-based product displays this information in the Information window, but you can choose to display the information in a text editor.

Learn about:

• Working with the Information Window

• Editing Files Using a Text Editor

Create/Modify Dyno

(Adams/Driveline Template Builder) Build -> Dyno -> New/Modify

Creates or modifies a Dyno.

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Create/Modify Dyno

Shared Dialog Box

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For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Dyno Name

If creating a dyno, enter a name for it.

If modifying a dyno, enter its database name.

Attachment To

Part - Specify a part and a construction frame. Learn about Construction Frames. Your template-based product creates a marker on the attachment part at the location and with the same orientation as the construction frame. (Learn about Markers.) The marker is the J marker of the joint.

Marker - Specify a marker. The marker is the J marker of the joint.

If you set Attachment To to Part, your template-based product displays the following options:

I Attachment Part

Enter the name of the I-part that the dyno should act on.

J Attachment Part

Enter the name of the J-part that the dyno should act on.

Coordinate

Specify the location and orientation of the dyno by entering the name of a

Reference

construction frame.

If you set Attachment To to Marker, your template-based product displays the following options:

I Marker Name

Specify the marker that should be used as the I-marker for the dyno.

J Marker Name

Specify the marker that should be used as the J-marker for the dyno.

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Create/Modify Dyno

For the option:

Do the following:

Function Type

Select one of the following:

Series - Specify the function of the dyno as a Fourier Sine series, by specifying the mean value, order, magnitude, phase shift, and angle multiplier. You also specify the direction of rotation. See Function Type: Series.

Constant - The input to the dyno is a constant value. The value will have the units corresponding to the choice of actuator (angular_velocity when choosing motion, and torque when choosing torque). See Function Type:

Constant.

Curve - Specify the function of the dyno as a spline depending on time or angle and angular velocity. You also specify the direction of rotation. See

Function Type: Curve.

User-Entered - Lets you create a user-specified function. Note that if you want to specify a velocity function, functions for motions must always use

radians. See Function Type: User-Entered.

If you are working in Adams/Driveline and have set the Dyno Type to Torque, the following options are also available:

Torque Demand - The driving torque is expressed as a function of the Adams/Solver variable torque_demand. Adams/Driveline defines this variable according to the type of analysis you select.

Throttle Demand - The driving torque is expressed as a function of engine rotations per minute (rpm) and the solver variable throttle demand. The output torque is evaluated using an engine-map property file. See Function Type:

Throttle Demand

Active

Set the activity of the dyno to be either on or off.

Geometry Scaling

Adjust the size of the dyno geometry.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

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Create/Modify Ellipsoid Geometry

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Create/Modify Ellipsoid Geometry

(Template Builder) Build -> Geometry -> Ellipsoid -> New/Modify

Creates or modifies Ellipsoid Geometry.

Shared Dialog Box

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Ellipsoid Name

If creating ellipsoid geometry, enter a name for it.

If modifying ellipsoid geometry, enter its database name.

Coordinate Reference

Specify the Coordinate References to define the center location of the ellipsoid.

Method Option

Select one of the following:

• By Entering Size

• Scaled Off Link

Color

Select a color for the ellipsoid geometry graphic.

Calculate Mass Properties of General Part

Select to calculate the mass and inertia properties of the general part, based on the dimensions of the ellipsoid.

If you select Calculate Mass Properties of General Part, your template-based product enables the following option:

Density

Select one of the following:

Material - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from the current density value for the selected material.

User-Entered - Calculate the mass and inertia properties from a user- entered density.

If you set Density to Material, your template-based product displays the following option:

Material Type

Select a material type from the list of materials currently defined. When you select a material, your template-based product uses the density defined for that material to calculate the general part's mass properties.

If you set Density to User-Entered, your template-based product displays the following option:

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Create/Modify Ellipsoid Geometry

For the option:

Do the following:

Density Value

Enter a density that your template-based product will use to calculate the general part's mass properties.

use to calculate the general part's mass properties. Select to display a dialog box where you

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

Create/Modify Flexible Body

(Template Builder) Build -> Parts -> Flexible Body -> New/Modify

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Create/Modify Flexible Body

Shared Dialog Box

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Creates or modifies a flexible body. Learn about Flexible Bodies and modal flexibility, your template- based product's method of modeling flexible bodies.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

Flexible Body Name

If creating a flexible body, enter a name for the flexible body part.

If modifying a flexible body, enter its database name.

Type (only in create mode)

Select one of the following:

left/right - Define either the left or the right flexible body, and your template-based product creates the corresponding opposite flexible body by default.

 

single - Define a nonsymmetric flexible body.

Location Dependency

Select one of the following:

• User-Defined Location

• Delta Location From Coordinate

• Centered Between Coordinates

• Located Along An Axis

• Located On A Line

• Location Input Communicator

See a Summary of Location Dependency Options.

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Create/Modify Flexible Body

For the option:

Do the following:

Orientation

Select one of the following:

Dependency

• Delta Orientation From Coordinate

• Parallel To Axis

• Oriented In Plane

• Orient To Zpoint-Xpoint

• Orient Axis Along Line

• Orient Axis To Point

• User-Defined Values

• Orientation Input Communicator

• Toe/Camber

See a Summary of Orientation Dependency Options.

If you set Type to left or right, your template-based product enables the following options:

Left/Right Modal

Select an MNF file that represents the part.

Neutral File

If you set Type to single, your template-based product enables the following option:

Modal Neutral File

Select an MNF file that represents the part.

Color

Specify the color to represent the flexible body.

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity,

Select to display a dialog box where you can add multi-line comments to any entity, to describe its purpose and function. Your template-based product displays different comments dialog boxes, depending on the entity type for which you want to record comments:

If recording comments for modeling entities in Standard Interface, your template-based product displays the Entity Comments dialog box.

If recording comments for any other entity type, your template-based product displays the Modify Comment dialog box.

Learn about Recording Comments.

FEM Translate (only in create mode)

Select to display a utility that allows you to generate a modal neutral file from FEM output. For help on translating files, see the Adams/Flex online help.

Select to display the Flexible Body Mode Manager, where you can visualize/animate mode shapes and

Select to display the Flexible Body Mode Manager, where you can visualize/animate mode shapes and perform other operations, such as define the deformation scale factor, the inertia modeling, or enable/disable modes.

(only in modify mode)

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Create/Modify Friction Element

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Create/Modify Friction Element

(Template Builder) Build -> Friction -> New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Refer to the documentation on the friction element in the Adams/Solver online help.

Note:

If you are creating friction on a joint active only in kinematic mode, be aware that when you select compliant mode, the friction force will be disabled along with the joint.

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Create/Modify Gear

Create/Modify Gear

(Adams/Driveline Template Builder) Driveline Components -> Gear Tool -> Spur/Helical Gear Element ->

New/Modify

Shared Dialog Box

Creates or modifies a Gear.

For the option:

Do the following:

Tips on Entering Object Names in Text Boxes.

Gear Name

If creating a gear, enter a name for it.

If modifying a gear, enter its database name.

Property File

Example Gear Property File.

You can:

Use an existing property file by specifying the name of the property file that contains the parameter values of the component.

Tips on Entering File Names in Text Boxes.

When you specify a property file, your template-based product automatically updates the dialog box with the values from the property file.

Create a new property file by specifying a new name. When you specify a new name, your template-based product displays the database path that it will use to create the new file.

Your template-based product always creates a new property file in the default writable database.

Editable

Select if you want to modify any of the values supplied by the property file you selected.

Attachment To

Select one of the following:

Part - Specify a part and a construction frame. Learn about Construction Frames. Your template-based product creates a marker on the attachment part at the location and with the same orientation as the construction frame. (Learn about Markers.) The marker is the J marker of the joint.

Marker - Specify a marker. The marker is the J marker of the joint.

If you set Attachment To to Part, your template-based product displays the following options:

Attachment Part

Enter the name of the part to which the gear will be constrained.

Coordinate

Specify the location and orientation of the gear by entering the name of a construction frame.

Reference

If you set Attachment To to Marker, your template-based product displays the following option:

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For the option:

Do the following:

Coordinate

Specify the location and orientation of the gear by entering the name of a marker.

Reference

Geometry tab

Module*

Enter the module of the gear. The module is equal to 1/diametral pitch.

Number of Teeth*

Enter the number of teeth of the gear. Your template-based product computes the pitch diameter based on the equation:

pitch diameter = module * number of teeth

Tooth Angle*

Enter the tooth angle of the gear. This angle is also referred to as the pressure angle. Your template-based product uses this angle to specify the tooth profile, which is based on the involute function.

Helix Angle*

Enter the helix angle of the gear. For straight gears, enter 0.

The helix angle must be: -50d helix angle 50d

Gear Width*

Enter the width of the gear.

Addendum Factor*

Enter the addendum factor. Your template-based product uses this factor to compute the tip (outer) diameter of gear:

tip diameter = pitch diameter + 2 * module * (addendum factor + addendum modification coefficient)

Dedendum Factor*

Enter the dedendum factor. Your template-based product uses this factor to compute the root (foot) diameter of the gear:

root diameter = pitch diameter - 2 * module * (dedendum factor - addendum modification coefficient)

Addendum Mod.

Enter the addendum modification coefficient. Your template-based product uses this coefficient to describe the profile shift of the gear.

Coefficient*

Delta Tooth

Enter the delta tooth thickness of the gear. This thickness is the deviation of circular thickness at the pitch circle from the standard tooth thickness of an ideal gear.

Thickness*

Mass Properties tab

Mass*

Enter the mass of the gear part.

The part is located in the center of the gear, with the z-axis as the rotational axis.

Ixx/Iyy/Izz*

Enter the values that define the principal mass-inertia components of the gear part.

Ixy/Izx/Iyz*

Enter the values that define the deviational (cross-product) mass-inertia components of the gear part.

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Create/Modify Gear

For the option:

Do the following:

CM

Location

Enter the x, y, and z values of the location offset. You can offset the center of mass and inertia markers of the gear part a specified distance from the gear part's location.

Relative to Part* (optional)

Torsional Spring tab

 

The

following torque function defines the rotational spring-damper:

T = - az * Torsional Stiffness - wz * Torsional Damping

where:

 

az - Angular displacement

wz - Angular velocity

Torsional Stiffness

Enter the stiffness of the rotational spring-damper. The stiffness is in force units * length units/angle units.

(optional)

Torsional Damping

Enter the damping coefficient of the rotational spring-damper. The damping is in force units * length units * time units/angle units.

(optional)

Fixed Gear

Select one of the following:

Yes - Fixes the gear to the attach part.

No - Constrains the gear to the attach part with a rotational joint.

Activate Torsional Spring (enabled if

Select one of the following:

gear

is not fixed)

Yes - Adds a torsional spring to the rotational joint.

 

No - No torque is acting on gear rotational axis.

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Create/Modify Gear