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Review the Results

Results from a static analysis are written to the structural results file, Jobname.RST. They consist of the
following data:
Primary data:
o Nodal displacements (UX, UY, U, R!TX, R!TY, R!T"
#eri$ed data:
o Nodal and element stresses
o Nodal and element strains
o %lement forces
o Nodal reaction forces etc.
1.1 Postprocessors
You can re$iew these results using P!&T', the general postprocessor, and P!&T(), the time*history
processor.
P!&T' is used to re$iew results o$er the entire model at specific su+steps (time*points". &ome
typical P!&T' operations are e,plained +elow.
P!&T() is used in nonlinear static analyses to trac- specific result items o$er the applied load
history.
1.2 Points to Remember
To re$iew results in P!&T' or P!&T(), the data+ase must contain the same model for which the
solution was calculated.
The results file (Jobname.RST" must +e a$aila+le.
1.3 Reviewing Results Data
1. Read in the database from the database file.
Utility Menu>File>Resume from
2. Read in the desired set of results. Identify the data set by load step and substep numbers or
by time. (If you specify a time value for which no results are available, the ANSS pro!ram will
perform linear interpolation on all the data to calculate the results at that time."
Main Menu>General Postproc>-Read Results-By Load Step
#. $erform the necessary $%S&1 operations. &ypical static analysis $%S&1 operations are
e'plained below.
1.4 Option: Display Deorme! Shape
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#Plot Results#Deorme! Shape
1.& Option: 'ist Rea%tion (or%es an! "oments
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#'ist Results#Rea%tion Solu
To display reaction forces, issue R.!R,' and then re/uest a node or element display. (Use R0!0 instead
of R.!R for reaction moments."
1.) Option: 'ist *o!al (or%es an! "oments
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#'ist Results#+lement Solution
You can list the sum of all nodal forces and moments for a selected set of nodes. &elect a set of nodes and
use this feature to find out the total force acting on those nodes:
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#*o!al ,al%s#Total (or%e Sum
You can also chec- the total force and total moment at each selected node. .or a +ody in e/uili+rium, the
total load is 1ero at all nodes e,cept where an applied load or reaction load e,ists.
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#*o!al ,al%s#Sum - +a%h *o!e
1.. Option: 'ine +lement Results
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#+lement Table#Deine Table
.or line elements, such as +eams, spars, and pipes, use this option to gain access to deri$ed data
(stresses, strains, etc.". Results data are identified +y a com+ination of a la+el and a se/uence num+er or
component name on the +T/0'+ command. &ee the +T/0'+ discussion in 2hapter 3 of the ANSYS
Basic Analysis Procedures Guide for details.
1.1 Option: ,ontour Displays
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#Plot Results#2,ontour Plot2*o!al Solu or +lement Solu
Use these options to contour almost any result item, such as stresses (&X, &Y, &...", strains (%P%4X,
%P%4Y, %P%4...", and displacements (UX, UY, U...".
You can also contour element ta+le data and line element data:
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#+lement Table#Plot +lement Table
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#Plot Results#2,ontour Plot2'ine +lem Res
,aution: #eri$ed data, such as stresses and strains, are a$eraged at the nodes +y this command. These
a$eraging results in 5smeared5 $alues at nodes where elements of different materials, different shell
thic-nesses or other discontinuities meet. To a$oid the smearing effect, use selecting (descri+ed in 2hapter
6 of the ANSYS Basic Analysis Procedures Guide" to select elements of the same material, same shell
thic-ness, etc. +efore issuing P'*SO'. 7lternati$ely, use Power8raphics with the command ("ain
"enu# $eneral Postpro%#Options or Outp" to not a$erage results across different materials and9or
different shell thic-nesses.
1.11 Option: 3e%tor Displays
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#Plot Results#23e%tor Plot2Pre!eine!
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#'ist Results#3e%tor Data
:ector displays (not to +e confused with $ector mode" are an effecti$e way of $iewing $ector /uantities,
such as displacement (#;&P", rotation (R!T", and principal stresses (&', &(, &<".
1.12 Option: Tabular 'istings
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#'ist Results#solution option
"ain "enu#$eneral Postpro%#'ist Results#2Sorte! 'isting2Sort *o!es or Sort +lems