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HOW TO EXPORT/IMPORT DISPLACEMENT FILE

FROM/INTO CAESAR II
(Prepared by: Joe WongWC)
CAESAR II Versions 5.10 and later enables you to import and export displacements to and from a text
file. This feature is very useful in situations where you need to define several displacements in a
CAESAR II model. You can import the displacements into a CAESAR II model with a few mouse clicks
instead of manually typing all the displacements in the Classic Piping Input. A displacements file in the
specified format must exist.
(Note: This feature works only on From and To nodes using a fixed file (.disp) format for versions 5.10
and 5.20.)
In CAESAR II Version 2013 R1 (6.10), this feature works on the From and To nodes, CNodes, and
Bend middle nodes in either the fixed file format (.disp), or the comma separated value (.csv) format.
You can easily generate and maintain a displacement file in .csv format using Microsoft Excel.
Exporting Displacements to a File
1. Click Tools > Import/Export Displacements from File.
The Import/Export Displacements dialog box displays.
2. Type the path and name of a displacement file in the Export Displacements To a File box, or
click ... to browse to the file.
3. Click Export to send the nodal displacements to the selected file.
4. Click Done to exit the Import/Export Displacements dialog.

(Note: If there are no displacements in a CAESAR II job, an export operation creates a displacement
template file in which all nodes are listed according to the element list)

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Importing Displacements from a File


1. Click Tools > Import/Export Displacements from File.
The Import/Export Displacements dialog box displays.
2. Type the path and name of the displacement file in the Import Displacements From a File
box, or click ... to browse to the file.
The Open dialog box displays.

Two file formats can be used to create a displacement file:


Fixed format with a .disp file extension
Commas Separated Value format with a .csv file extension.
By default, displacement files display in comma separated values format(.csv).
You can also choose displacement files with the fixed format (.disp) by clicking Displacement
Import File (*.dsp) from the Files of type list.
3. Select the displacement file
4. Click Open
5. Click Import
During the import process, if an erroneous condition is detected for a displacement node a
warning message displays. A summary report is generated after all displacement data is
processed.

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6. After reviewing warning messages and a summary report, click Done


The first two figures show displacement files Notepad for disp and csv formats. The third and
fourth figures show displacement files in Microsoft Excel

Notepad Example (*.disp) format


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Notepad Example (*.csv) format

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Excel Example (*.csv) format


If a CAESAR II job has no displacements the displacement export operation creates a
displacement template file as shown below.

Excel Example (*.csv) format Displacement File Template

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