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# Structural Constraints  Understanding Mirror Symmetry Constraints – Lecture    UnderstandingMirrorSymmetryConstraints.

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Understanding Mirror Symmetry Constraints
Symmetry constraints can be used to significantly reduce model size.

Before Mirror Symmetry

After Mirror Symmetry    Lecture Notes  Symmetry Constraints When the loads, constraints, and geometry of a model are symmetrical, you can take advantage of symmetry to analyze a portion of the model instead of the entire model. Symmetric constraints work by preventing the model from deforming through the plane(s) of symmetry. There are two types of symmetry constraints that can be created in Mechanica: Mirror and Cyclic. We will focus on Mirror symmetry in this topic.

and then the constraint is applied through the surface (solid model).Mirror symmetry is applied when the model. From the main menu. 1. not all modes may be captured. or vice versa. This operation resumed a cut feature that removes all of the geometry in the model except for the piece to which you are going to apply the mirror symmetry constraint. edge (shell model). Click Symmetry Constraint from the Mechanica toolbar. 1. loads and constraints are symmetrical about a plane. Create a mirror symmetry constraint. and constraints are symmetrical. Best Practices   It should be noted that symmetry can only be used when the model. Finally. loads. . Click Applications > Mechanica.prt Task 1. Task 2. The symmetry requirement for loads and constraints is often overlooked. or may be correct for stress but not displacement.     Understanding Mirror Symmetry Constraints – Demonstration    UnderstandingMirrorSymmetryConstraints_demo. CreateMirrorSymCons hb_support. a modal analysis or buckling analysis will only report the modes that are symmetrical. 2. then the results generated will not be correct. or point (beam model) that lies on the plane of symmetry. If only the model is symmetrical. As such. users should note that when taking advantage of symmetry in models. The model is cut in half through the plane. For such analyses it is recommended to not use symmetry. click Edit > Resume > Resume All.mp4    Understanding Mirror Symmetry Constraints – Procedure    Procedure: Understanding Mirror Symmetry Constraints Scenario Create a mirror symmetry constraint. Resume a cut feature and start the Mechanica application.

1. The dialog box should now appear as shown. Return to the Standard Pro/ENGINEER mode by clicking Applications > Standard. 4. . The models should now appear with the Mirror Symmetry icon as shown. Task 3. 5. Select the surface on the right side of the model as the reference for the mirror symmetry constraint as shown. Verify that the Type drop-down menu is set to Mirror. Save the model and erase it from memory. Click OK to complete the symmetry constraint.2. 3.

. 3. click File > Close Window. 4. Click Save from the main toolbar and click OK to save the model.2. Click File > Erase > Not Displayed > OK to erase the model from memory. From the main menu. This completes the procedure.