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BASIC ETA NVH ANALYSIS

Tutorial 4

BASIC META
NVH ANALYSIS
Table of Contents
Tutorial 4 ......................................................................................................................................... 1
BASIC META .................................................................................................................................. 1
NVH ANALYSIS .............................................................................................................................. 1
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................... 1
1. Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 2

1.1. Prerequisites ............................................................................................................. 2


1.2. Problem Description ................................................................................................ 2
1.3. Data Files ................................................................................................................. 2
2. Post Processing Procedure ...................................................................................................... 3

2.1. Read Model Geometry ............................................................................................. 3


2.2. Views ....................................................................................................................... 4
2.3. Set Visible Entities................................................................................................... 4
2.4. Focusing on Entities ................................................................................................. 5
2.5. Drawing Styles ........................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

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1. Introduction
This tutorial provides an entry overview of basic post-processing steps that could be followed within ETA to
conduct a standard NVH analysis.
Not all ETA capabilities and features are exhausted within this tutorial.
The steps described in this tutorial include:
Load the model geometry and results
Handle visibility, views and styles
Identify different items of the model
Fringe (contour) plots and options
Queries on results
Statistics
Annotations
Plotting and filtering curves
Export files
Reporting

1.1. Prerequisites
It is recommended for users who have never used ETA before to read the Chapter 2 of ETA Users Guide.

1.2. Problem Description


Post Processing of a NASTRAN SOL103 and a
SOL111 will be presented.

1.3. Data Files


The files required for this tutorial are
/tutorials/mETA_tutorials/04-NVH/BODY_SOL103.nas
/tutorials/mETA_tutorials/04-NCH/BODY_SOL103.op2

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2. Load Model and Handle Geometry


2.1. Read Model Geometry
Start ETA.
From the Read Results > Geometry tab, first make
sure that the File Format option menu is switched to
either Auto detect or Nastran.
1. Invoke the File Manager.

Tips
Geometry can be also loaded from File > Open

2. Navigate and select one of the file:

BODY_SOL103.nas

Tips:
The models geometry can be read either from the
input file (NASTRAN Bulk data) or the .op2 file.
However loading geometry from the input file
(NASTRAN Bulk data) provides extra information.
3. Press Open to read in the model.

The model is read and it should appear as it is


shown in the image on the left.

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2.2. Views
Key functions:
F1 to F6
F7
F8
F9
F10
F11

Change the view


Zoom in at mouse cursor position
Zoom out at mouse cursor position
Zoom all
Default view
Full screen

View control using the mouse:


Move the model in the 3D space by pressing
the CTRL key and the appropriate mouse
buttons as shown on the right.
For faster drawing press CTRL+SHIFT
Only the feature lines are shown when rotating

2.3. Set Visible Entities


1.

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2.

Press on the Set Visible Entities button or


the F12 key card to control which types of
entities are visible
Press None and then check the SHELLS
entities.
Alternatively, make a Box Selection with
the Right Mouse Button over the entities
that are going to be hidden)

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Only the shell elements are now visible.


3.

Press on ESC key to close the card.

2.4. Focusing on Entities


Focusing actions may be performed through:
Focus Group of buttons
Right Click Context menu on the 3d Window

When applicable, a selection assistance tool


becomes visible

To set which entities to pick

To activate selection tools


1.

Press on the !NOT button and make sure the


PID is active in Feature Selection tool.

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Click on the roof and the front glass. Middle


click to confirm and exit the function.
Press the ALL button to bring back as visible
all SHELL entities.

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3.

Click on the Pids button


Type FIREWALL in the Filtering List (case
sensitive) and press Enter
Right click on the selected Parts and select
Show only

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4.

Close the Pids window and press the iReset


button to switch off the highlighting of the
selected parts.

5.

Press an All button to bring everything visible.

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3. Read and View Results


3.1. Load Results File
1.

Switch to Results tab. ETA automatically


recognizes the respective results file.
All states are listed and selected by default

Three result categories are available to


read:
- Deformation
- Scalar
- Vector

2.

Switch to Deformation tab.


By default Eigenvectors are selected.

3.

Switch the Deformation Scale Factor to


Auto calculate and enable the Per Each
State option.

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Switch to Scalar tab to load Strain Energy

2.

Press on the Read button.

Loading information appears on the Info


Window

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3.2. Animation
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1.

Move the annotation slider to MODE 10 and press on the arrow next to Play button and select
Harmonic

Tip:
Use the mouse wheel on the slider to switch between modes

2.

Activate the Fringe button

3.

Press on the arrow next to the button


and set the options to On Node and TDeform

The animations looks like the let picture.


Notice that the min and max values of the
fringe bar varies according the current angle
in the animation slider which continuously
changes:

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1.

Right click on the Fringebar and select


Auto Range Values > Locked States
The min and max values are adjected
according to the min and max
eigenvector values for animated mode.

Tip
Locked states are marked with a bolder
indicator.

2.

To setup fixed min max values, right


click and select Range Limits.

3.

Set 10 as max value and 0 as min.

Note that the Enter key needs to be


pressed at each field to validate the
input value.

4.

Select the Fringebar Settings.

5.

Enable the Show footer options and


set to Show min/max entiry ids id
footer for Visible Entities
The footer appears on the bottom of
the fringebar

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1.

Switch the fringe options to On


Element and Scalar so that the Strain
Energy values are displayed

2.

Set the fringe range to Auto Range

3. Queries
Queries in ETA mainly consist of the Identification, Statistics and Annotations tools.

3.1. Identification
1.

Click on the arrow next to the Identify button


and select iElem.
The mouse pointer switches to pick mode.

2.

Activate the Wire and pick on any elements to


view their scalar value.

Remarks:
Note that gray elements have no value, so no result
will be identified. (NASTRAN does not assign values
on these elements as there is a cut off value)
Notes:
Right click on an element to reset its identification.
Middle click exits the function.
iReset deletes all identifications.
Press on Settings in the Identify list to control values
format and information to appear.
Refer to Appendix F - Advanced Filter functionality in
Users Guide for more advanced identification filters.

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3.2 Statistics
1.

Invoke the tool from Tools > Statistics >


Statistics.
For every Pid, the max and min values
are displayed as well as the element id
where these values appear.
Note that the statistics tool shows
information for the current state.

2.

Press on the synchronize button so that


the list is refreshed when changing
state.

3.3. Annotations
Tool for adding text, marking positions and results in 2D or 3D Windows

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1.

Press on the Annotations button.

2.

Select the MetaPost window

3.

Select the Pointer tab.

4.

Select Element

5.

Press on the Pick button and pick an element form


the model
An annotation is created.

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1.

Switch to the Text tab

2.

Change the Float Prec to 3

3.

Right click on the text field

4.

Select Element > Element Pid Name


The part name is added in the text

5.

Press Apply

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The text will change to:


id=$id val=$val
$pname
And the annotation to:

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4. Conclusion
It is recommended to read Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Users Guide form more details on handling entities,
models, appending more results and plotting curves

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