Once you create the mesh and select the analysis type, you can set up the analysis:
- Select the element type for each part of the model. The element type availability depends on the analysis type. You also define all parameters relevant to each element type.
- Define the material properties for each part. The property availability depends on the analysis and element type you select. An extensive set of common materials is available. The Material Library Manager is also available so you can define material properties for custom materials. These material properties are saved in a new library and you can assign them during the analysis set up.
- Apply loads and constraints to the model. The loads and constraints availability depends on the analysis and element type that you select.
- Define the analysis parameters. You define general parameters for use during the analysis. For many analysis types, you can use the default settings. For some analysis types, especially time-dependent analyses, you will define load curves and other parameters.
After you follow these steps, you are ready to perform the analysis.
NoteBefore you mesh your CAD solid model, you can apply mesh-independent functions. For example, you can select surfaces and apply loads or boundary conditions. When you mesh the model, the function applies to each of the nodes. Functions such as nodal forces require the model to be meshed before they can be applied.
Find basic concepts applicable to multiple analysis types at the following links:
Click the following links from more information on the analysis types. The multiphysics analysis type is a combination of the options available for thermal and fluid flow analyses: