If you are interested in observing the deformation and stressed caused by thermal loads over time you need to run a transient thermal analysis and map those temperature results to an MES analysis. One of the benefits of using Autodesk Simulation Mechanical is the ease with which you can map temperature results to an MES analysis. All you have to do is to go to the thermal tab within the analysis parameters in MES and select the appropriate transient thermal output (*.tto) file.
But did you know that your Thermal and MES analyses can have a totally different mesh? You can have a course tetrahedral mesh for your transient thermal analysis and a finer hexahedral mesh for your MES analysis. The thermal load you apply using the “*.tto” file will be automatically mapped on to your MES model.
And here is the real question; How can I see the mapped temperatures in the new mesh for in the MES model?
After performing your transient heat transfer analysis in Design Scenario 1 and MES analysis in Design Scenario 2, go back to “FEA Editor”. Change the analysis type to transient heat transfer. Click “yes” when the software asks you to create a copy of your design scenario which will create Design Scenario 3. Check the model.
You will end up in the “Results” interface with the MES specific mesh without any temperature results. At this point navigate to the “ds_data” folder for design scenario 2. Copy and paste the “ds_map.tto” file to the “ds_data” folder to Design Scenario 3. Rename this file to “ds.tto”
Go back to Autodesk Simulation Mechanical and change the result type to “Calculated Temperature”
And there you have it. You can now visualize the mapped temperature results from one mesh to another.