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# Structural Constraints  Understanding Cyclic Symmetry Constraints – Lecture    UnderstandingCyclicSymmetryConstraints.

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Understanding Cyclic Symmetry Constraints
You can use symmetry constraints to significantly reduce model size.

Before Cyclic Symmetry

After Cyclic 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

or may be correct for stress but not displacement. Finally. loads. In cyclic symmetry. From the main menu. Cyclic symmetry is applied to models that are symmetrical about an axis.mp4    Understanding Cyclic Symmetry Constraints – Procedure    Procedure: Understanding Cyclic Symmetry Constraints Scenario Create a cyclic symmetry constraint. the angular dimension of the “slice” being used must return an integer when 360 degrees is divided by the dimension. The model can have patterns of features that are repeated at the same interval about an axis. 30. not all modes may be captured. and constraints are symmetrical. then the results generated will not be correct. For such analyses it is recommended to not use symmetry. a modal analysis or buckling analysis will only report the modes that are symmetrical. the surfaces selected for cyclic symmetry must map to one another. CreateCycSymCons impeller. As such.prt Task 1. 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 cyclic . Therefore dimensions such as 15. If only the model is symmetrical. We will focus on Cyclic symmetry in this topic. users should note that when taking advantage of symmetry in models.” Best Practices    It should be noted that symmetry can only be used when the model. 45. In addition. 60 are all valid. or vice versa. Using cyclic symmetry requires that the user create a cut feature that reduces the model to a single “slice. 18. 1. click Edit > Resume > Resume All.created in Mechanica: Mirror and Cyclic. Resume a cut feature and open the Mechanica application. This is different from axisymmetric models in that the model does not have to be a body of revolution.     Understanding Cyclic Symmetry Constraints – Demonstration    UnderstandingCyclicSymmetryConstraints_demo. The symmetry requirement for loads and constraints is often overlooked.

Select Cyclic from the Type drop-down menu. Task 2. Click OK to complete the symmetry constraint. Select the surface on the near side of the slice as the second reference as shown. The dialog box should now appear as shown. 5. Click Symmetry Constraint from the Mechanica toolbar. . 2. Create a cyclic symmetry constraint. 2. 6. Click Applications > Mechanica.symmetry constraint. 4. Query select the hidden surface on the far side of the slice as the first reference as shown. 3. 1. Right-click anywhere in the display area and select Second Side.

Task 3.7. 2. Click Save from the main toolbar and click OK to save the model. The models should now appear with the Cyclic Symmetry icon as shown. 4. Return to the Standard Pro/ENGINEER mode by clicking Applications > Standard. This completes the procedure. click File > Close Window. From the main menu. 3. 1. Click File > Erase > Not Displayed > OK to erase the model from memory. Save the model and erase it from memory.   .

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