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Visual-CAST

V3.0

Tutorials
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CONTENTS

Preface ................................................................................................................. 3

Getting Started...................................................................................................... 5
The Graphical User Interface .................................................................................................... 10
Plot window ............................................................................................................................... 11
Menu Bar ................................................................................................................................... 12
Explorer ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Console Window ....................................................................................................................... 15
Mouse Functionality .................................................................................................................. 16

Visualization of Results....................................................................................... 17
Loading simulation data files..................................................................................................... 19
Visualization of results in different modes................................................................................. 21
Scale Control and Settings........................................................................................................ 24
Entity Information ...................................................................................................................... 25

Runtime file Generation and Result Export......................................................... 28


Metallurgical Preferences.......................................................................................................... 30
Stress Result Preparation ......................................................................................................... 32
Calculation Monitoring............................................................................................................... 35
Result Export............................................................................................................................. 38

Particle Tracings using........................................................................................ 41


Stored Particles ......................................................................................................................... 43
Calculate New Particles ............................................................................................................ 45

Basics of Curve and Profile Plots........................................................................ 54


Curve Evolution ......................................................................................................................... 56
Profile ........................................................................................................................................ 62
Create Datum lines.................................................................................................................... 65
Modify Attributes of Legend Plot and Curves............................................................................ 66
Modify curve data ...................................................................................................................... 70

Synchronization .................................................................................................. 71
Synchronization between Models ............................................................................................. 73
Synchronization between Model and Plot ................................................................................. 75
Synchronization between Model, Curve Plot and Profile Plot................................................... 76

Reports Generation............................................................................................. 79
Create Text and Table blocks ................................................................................................... 81
Define Headers and footers with text and logos ....................................................................... 85
Generate presentation ready reports ........................................................................................ 87
Image, Movie and Movie Page export....................................................................................... 87

Other Features.................................................................................................... 90
Apply Settings ........................................................................................................................... 92
Drag and drop of curves on another plot or page window ........................................................ 95
Session execution ..................................................................................................................... 98

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Preface
This tutorial is primarily about post-processing and plotting features of Visual-CAST. It describes
methods to post-process CAST analysis data.
The tutorials are designed to serve the needs of engineers, students, teachers and the casting
community at large, who routinely use Visual-CAST as post-processing software.

All examples used in this tutorial are available in the ProCAST installation under the folder
$ProCAST20061/examples. It is recommended to copy all example files to a location with
read/write permissions.

The manual is divided into basic and advanced training tutorials.


• Basic training tutorials describe how Visual-CAST can be used to perform simple post-
processing and plotting operations.
• Advanced training tutorials take a closer look at some of the key post- processing and
plotting and reporting features in Visual-CAST.
At some point, however, the reader should be able to break from the basics and move to the
advanced topics.
The Table below lists the various hands-on-tutorials and approximate time estimates for executing
them.
We close the course with a brief note on the features and tools that are not covered in the training
tutorials.

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Approximate Time
Tutorial Basic Advanced
estimates (Minutes)
1 Getting started with
Visual-CAST 9 45

2 Visualization of
Results 9 45

3 Runtime file generation


and Result export
9 9 30

4 Stored, New Particles


generation and
9 9 45
visualization

5 Basics of Curve and


Profile Plotting 9 9 45

6 Synchronization
9 9 30

7 Generating PDF
Reports and 9 9 30
presenting Results
8 Other Features
9 9 30

Total Time 5 Hours

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Visual-CAST
V3.0

Tutorial 01:
Getting Started
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Prerequisites:
Before executing this tutorial, we recommend that you install and launch Visual-CAST from the list
of available contexts

Objective:
This tutorial describes in brief the general features including the Graphical user interface, the
Menus, Explorer, and Command Window of Visual-CAST.

Description:
Visual-CAST is a plug-in application hosted within the PAM-HOST environment. Thus, a lot of the
basic interface functionalities are provided by the PAM-HOST application while more specific tools
are introduced through the Visual-CAST plug-in. When the user holds a valid Visual-CAST license,
the Visual-CAST option appears in the context list.

When the Visual-CAST context is active, the Visual-CAST icon ( ) is displayed in the upper left
corner of the application window. Visual-CAST may also start directly from the ProCAST Manager
with a right mouse click on the “ViewCAST” button and selecting Visual-CAST in the scroll down
list.
In this chapter the following features are introduced:
• Menus and Toolbars
• Graphical User Interface
• Plot Window
• Explorer
• Console Window
• Mouse Functionality

Outline:

The Graphical User Interface .................................................................................................... 10


Plot window ............................................................................................................................... 11
Menu Bar ................................................................................................................................... 12
Explorer ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Console Window ....................................................................................................................... 15
Mouse Functionality .................................................................................................................. 16

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes.

Files used:
None

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The Visual-CAST allows import of ProCAST post processor files and general ASCII files of
predefined format and provides tools for:

• Curve manipulations

• Animation and Animation Control

• Contour

• Section cut and Isosurface

• Synchronization

• Global editing of attributes

• Generation of report

• Creation of drawing entities

• Print Preview

• Copy Window

• Export of loaded results in PATRAN, IDEAS, STL and MESH formats


To enable the above tools, the Visual-CAST context must be activated by clicking on the Visual-
CAST option in the context list. The corresponding menus and toolbars are then displayed in the
menu bar and the toolbar panel respectively as summarized in the table below:

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Toolbars in Simple Mode

Menu label Toolbar Description

Standard Basic operations like


• Create New page
• File Import
• Print Preview
• PPT Support
• Simple/Advanced mode

Animation Animation controls like


• First Frame
• Play Backward
• Previous Frame
• Pause
• Play
• Next Frame
• Play Forward
• Last Frame
• Animation Control
• Synchronization

Page Allows navigation of pages


• Previous Page
• Page Index
• Next Page

Template Template Toolbar

• Display the dialogs as


Popup/Fixed
• Provides pre-defined
template settings of
windows in each page.
• Maximize the current
window

Curves Curves
• Evolution
• Profile

Views Views Toolbar


• Top View
• Front View
• Left View
• Bottom View
• Rear View
• Right View
• Isometric View
• Gravity Direction
• 3D View

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• 2D View
• Vertical Rotation
• Horizontal Rotation
• 3D Rotation
• 2D Rotation
• Translation
• Progressive Zoom
• Zoom+
• Zoom-
• Fit

Contour Provides shortcut to post


• Snapshot
• Slice
• Cutoff
• Scale Control
• Entity Info

Advanced Toolbars View and Toolbar customization

• Click on the Simple/Advanced mode icon in the main toolbar area to view more
toolbars, Output console window and Command Interpreter.

• On clicking the Simple/Advanced mode icon when the model is loaded, the
application updates more toolbars with single window template. If not it will come with 4
window templates.
• Right click anywhere on the Main Toolbar area > Select Customize -> Toolbars tab to
customize the toolbars viz. Display ON/OFF toolbars, Assign Shortcuts, Mouse
Customization and to define new toolbars.

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The Graphical User Interface

Explore Menu Bar Model Window Tool Bar

Window
Area

Output/Message Console Console window for


Window commands execution

Typical Visual-CAST layout in Fully Loaded Toolbars View

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Description of components of the graphic user interface
• The window area, where models and curves are displayed in one or more windows.
• The menu bar, where all the functions of the active plug-in application are accessible
through thematic pull down menus.
• The explorer, where the loaded curves and models are displayed in a tree structure
• The Model Window, where users can see all model related operations in right click.
• The message console window, where system messages are displayed.
• The command console window, where viewer commands are executed.

Plot window
• Curves are visualized in the plot window. An example is shown below.

Plot Window
• The active plot window is always displayed with a green color border. A plot window can
be made active by clicking the mouse anywhere on it.

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Menu Bar
• The menu bar is a thin strip at the top of the PAM-HOST application window, where all the
pull-down menus are displayed.
• Each “context” features its own menu, so the menu bar changes with the active “context”.
• Each pull down menu consists of a list of options.
• Menus are used in the standard manner found in all menu-driven commercial applications.
You can use the mouse or the standard keyboard shortcuts to navigate through them.

Example of menu bar layout with active menu lists.

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Explorer
Explorer presents curve data in a structured format using a tree hierarchy. It lists all the
imported results and curve data. The information is displayed in two views, Explore view and

Page view. The explorer display is toggled On/Off through the tool button on the standard
tool bar. The tabs “Explorer” and “Page” indicate object view and page view respectively. It
can be used as a shift between Explorer and Page views.

Explorer View

Model Folder

Part Folders

Typical Explore view of plot data

It has all Model folders, which contain a Parts sub-folder ,which in turn contains sub-folders
for each part.

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Page View

Part Folder

Curve Folder

Typical Page view of plot data

It has All Pages folder, which has the Page folders as children, which in turn have plot folders
and curve folders.
Usage
In selecting the plot title the corresponding plot will be selected, in selecting the curve name,
the corresponding curve will be selected.
By right clicking All Pages, Page, Plot, Curve; a context-based menu will be displayed for
manipulations.

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Console Window

Command
Message Window
Window

The Console window is divided into 2 sections.


In ‘message console window’ application messages will be displayed

Message Window Operations:


• Expand/Collapses message window

• Save info from message window to file

• Copy info from message window to clipboard

• Clear Message Window

Command Window Operation:


• On/Off command help in Command window

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In the command console window, the commands for executed tasks will be displayed. Users
are allowed to execute the Visual-CAST commands in this window to perform a particular task

Usage

The display of the console window is toggled On/Off through the tool button on the Visual-
CAST Standard tool bar.

Mouse Functionality
A number of “modifier” keys are used to extend the left mouse key functionality.

“Modifier” Functionality Notes on usage


key
Allows block selection in plot With the<Shift> key held down, click the
<Shift> explorer window. first and last items of the block you wish
to select in the list.
Allows multiple selections in all With the <Ctrl> key held down, click
windows (explorer). each item you wish to select. Clicking
<Ctrl>
again a selected item removes it from
the selection.

This completes the tutorial Getting Started with Visual–CAST.


Please refer to the Visual-CAST Help document to know more about the features of Visual-
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Visual-CAST
V3.0

Tutorial 02:
Visualization of Results
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Prerequisites:
Recommended familiarity with the basic features of Visual-CAST

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to load and work with Simulation files and
with different contour results.

Description:
Viewer-CAST allows you to open simulation data files. Animation controls are used for modifying
start and end time of animation and controlling animation speeds.
In this chapter by using the:
File menu >Open
• Load simulation data files
Results menu > Snapshot
Results menu > Slice
Results menu > Cutoff
Results menu > Animation Control
Results menu > Scale Control
Options menu > Free Surfaces ► On, Off, Only and Foreground
Options menu > Entity Info
Tools menu > Unit Conversion

Outline:

Loading simulation data files..................................................................................................... 19


Visualization of results in different modes................................................................................. 21
Scale Control and Settings........................................................................................................ 24
Entity Information ...................................................................................................................... 25

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the ProCAST output files from the Training/VisualCAST/Gravity-Work/ folder

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Loading simulation data files
• Invoke Visual-CAST.
• Click File> Open > …/examples/Gravity-Work/ > Filter comes with *g.ung > Select
and Click on Open or Double click on workg.ung.
• To load the file from command line:
a. Windows:[Full path of Pamhost.exe] -init:"VisualCast.launch" -imp <Dir
path>/<File Name>
Eg: D:\VE\Pamhost.exe -init "VisualCast.launch" -imp …\examples\Gravity-
Work\workg.ung
b. UNIX/LINUX: [Full path of Visual-CAST –ftype p –imp <Dir path>/<File Name>
Eg (For LINUX): /home/VE_PACK/pamhost/V4.1_Linux_i686_2.3/VisualCast --
ftype p –imp …/examples/Gravity-Work/workg.ung

• To load file by Drag Drop Method > Launch application (Visual-CAST) > Select *g.unf file
from working directory > drop over application area.
• Model get loaded with the default contour result category Thermal and the result type
Temperature > Select Alloy Part (Part Number 2) > Click on L key to locate them.
• To animate the contour in continuous steps. Go to the animation tool bar and click on the

icon Play Forward > Click on the Pause icon to stop the animation.

• Use the icon or Results Menu>Animation Control to reduce the animation speed,
in the Animation Control panel Change the default type from Step to Time to animate the
contour in terms of Time increment.
• Enter 2 as value in #Increment text field.
• Enter Start as 10 and End as 200 in the fields just above the Speed Control slider to
visualize the contour animation in between the time frame 10 and 200 seconds.

• Click on the icon Play Forward to animate between time limit 10 and 200 seconds.

> Click on the Pause icon to stop animation.


• Click the Reset button, in the Animation Control panel, and click Close to close the panel.

• Click on the icon to post the contour panel or Menu Results -> Snapshot.
Ensure that the Picture Type in the Contour Panel is Snapshot.

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• In the posted Contour Panel > click on the Display button to post the Display Control
GUI -> Toggle on OFF in the posted dialog to visualize the contour in Free Surface Off
mode.
• Click on Menu Options -> Free Surfaces -> ONLY -> to visualize the contour display in
only free surfaces region.
• In the Result list of the Contour Panel -> change the default result to Shrinkage
Porosity to visualize the porosity with the Cutoff value above 0.01-> Go to Last Step in
the Animation Controls Toolbar > you can see the porosity region with the Cutoff value
above 0.01.
• In the posted Contour Panel change the contour Categories to Fluid to visualize the fluid
flow results.
• In the Contour Panel change Picture Types to Snapshot.

• Select Fluid Velocity-U in the Contour Dialog -> Click on Unit Conversion -> In
the posted dialog change the unit of Velocity to cm/sec -> Spectrum unit and the values
representing the spectrum in the model window change to cm/sec .
• Similarly other types of contour category and result types are executed.
• Change Contour Category type to None in the posted Contour Panel (dialog).
• Change Available Vectors to Fluid Velocity from None -> Click on the active button
Settings to post Vector dialog > or Menu Tools > Vectors > Model gets updated with the
available vectors with the default color in White.
• In the posted Vector dialog > change color to Magnitude > model window updated with
the Fluid Velocity Vector.

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Typical display of Vector plot
• Close the posted Vector dialog > Change Available Vector to None in the Contour
dialog > Change Category to Thermal from None

Visualization of results in different modes

• Toggle on the Picture Types to Slice in the Contour Panel to visualize contour in slice
mode.

• Click on in Contour Panel to post the Section Cut panel.


• Click on the Add and select XY to define section cut in XY plane.
• Change the plane view type from none to either Foreground or Background in the posted
dialog to visualize the same.
• Translate the defined plane to user defined point, click on At Point in the posted dialog

and any point on the model or Use or

to translate the defined section to the required position.

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• Change the default tab from Translate to Rotate -> toggle on Y ->Change default

increment to 10 -> click on to rotate the defined plane in anticlockwise direction.


• Now change the tab to Scan -> Change the default number of value to 20 -> Click on Play

Forward to scan the model for 20 slices. Similarly you can scan or visualize the
model with X-Ray mode by specifying the delta value.
• Click on the Add and select YZ to define section cut in YZ plane.
• In the Section Cut Name list -> Turn off the plane in XY direction by clicking on the ON
field of the Section_1 row -> in doing this the Display status of Section_1 changes to
OFF.

Section Cut Panel


• Select Section_2 in the Sections List -> click on Export… -> Specify the destination path
as /Visual-CAST/Training/ and Give Section name as Section_In_XY_Plane.xml > Save
• Click on the Delete button to delete the defined planes -> Click on Add -> Import
Section… -> from /Visual-CAST/Training/ -> select Section_In_XY_Plane.xml to
import and to visualize the exported section in XY plane
• Click on Close or X button to close the section cut dialog
• Select Contour Result type Temperature under Thermal Category from the Contour
Panel.
• Enter step number as 500 in the Animation Toolbar of Contour Dialog

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• Change the toggle from Slice to Cut Off in the contour dialog to visualize the contour in
the cut off mode.

• Click on to post the Cut Off control dialog -> Enter cutoff max temperature value as
500 and toggle on AboveMax

Display of contour with Cutoff mode


• Click on Reset to reset the settings

• Toggle on Isosurfaces and click on -> Click on Add in the posted dialog -> Define
section in XY plane -> Click on the Close button to close the posted section cut dialog >

click on Next Frame/Step of the animation tool bar in the main tool bar area to
visualize the contour in isosurface mode.
• Click on Reset and then click on Contour in the Cutoff dialog > Contour dialog get
posted > in the posted change Picture Type to Snapshot.

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Typical Isosurface view

When compared to normal animation, contour animation in Isosurface


mode is slow.

Scale Control and Settings


• Click on the Scale button of the Contour Panel or click on Scale Control in main
tool bar > Scale Control dialog posted with the default tab Range and with the option
Min-Max
• Toggle on Semi-Auto radio > Change Delta As 50 and Base as 25 in the active edit
fields > Spectrum in the model window get updated with Min temperature value as 25
and Max temperature value as 754
• Change Scale Control tab to Manual > Click on the Flip button > click on the top
most color of the spectrum > From the posted Color panel select any color > the
model gets updated with the one selected
• Click on Save RGB > save the modified spectrum color to the training folder with
Modified_RBG.rgb > Click on Reset RGB to reset the spectrum to the original patron
• Change the tab from Preferences > #Levels to 10 > Click on Value… > from the
posted Settings Panel change Font Family to Ariel, Bold and Size to 14.
• Click on Close to close the dialog.

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Entity Information
a) Entity Information on the Graphical window area

• Click on Entity Info in the main Tool bar or Menu Options > Entity Info and pick
on any portion/intended node of the model to get the Node information for the current
result loaded.

• Click on Simple/Advanced mode icon to view advanced mode toolbars.


• Enter Node Id 1000 in Entity

Selector > Info for Node id 1000 is


updated in the graphical window with the information of Node coordinates and the
Result value at current step. Node information for Node Id 1000

Information for Node


• Now change Entity Type to Part from Node in Entity Selector and Pick on Part
Number 2 in the graphical area or Enter part id 2 in Entity Selector. > Check the
information for the selected part. In this example now you have loaded Temperature
contour and find below the information details. On animating the contour, Information
pertaining the selected Node/Part is updated dynamically

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Information for Part
• Similarly info gets updated in the Graphical area based on which result is active in the
Contour panel.

• Click on Entity Info in the Main tool bar to turn off the Entity Info on the model
window
b) Entity Information on the card image

• Select the located part > Right Click > Click on Info > to check the part
information w.r.t the loaded/applied contour.
On selecting Info > the Application posts card image with selected part related information
as shown below

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• Now to see information for some other part > Right click on the application area >

Show All > Go to explorer > select Part Folder 3 > Right
Click > Select Info… > Application posts information Card Image > Now without
closing the posted Card Image > Select Part Folder 2 and post info… > Click on

Refresh icon of card image to update the information for the newly selected part

• Click on Next Frame > Now click on the Refresh icon of Card Image to
update the information for the current Step. Similarly change the result type from

Contour Panel and click on Refresh to get the current info

• Click on the Save icon of the Card Image > Type Info_For_Temperature.txt in
the posted Entity Export dialog and save information document to the training folder

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Visual-CAST
V3.0

Tutorial 03:
Runtime file Generation and Result
Export
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Prerequisites:
Recommended familiarity with result visualization of post data of ProCAST files in Visual–CAST.

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to generate metallurgical, Stress and
Exporting results in PATRAN, IDEAS and STL format.

Description:
Visual-CAST allows you to generate and visualize the Metallurgical and Stress results.

Results menu > Metallurgical Preference


Results menu > Stress Preparation
Tools menu > Calculation Monitoring

Outline:

Metallurgical Preferences......................................................................................................... 30
Stress Result Preparation ........................................................................................................ 32
Calculation Monitoring.............................................................................................................. 35
Result Export............................................................................................................................ 38

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 30 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the ProCAST file Gravity-Tat and Stress-Simple from folders
…/examples/Gravity-Tat and …/examples/Stress-Simple

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Metallurgical Preferences
• Invoke Visual-CAST

• Use File> Open or Click on Open > …/examples/Gravity-Tat/


• Choose the file T007Cg.unf and click the Open button to open the file.

• Go to Explorer and Expand part folder > Select Part 1

> Right click > Locate the alloy part by clicking on Locate. Alloy
part gets located and fitted to the graphical window.
• Main Menu Results > Metallurgical Tools > Feeding Tab > Enter A=0.1, B=0.2,
Solidus=1190 and Critical=1200 > Click on apply to calculate Feeding Length
result.

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• Status of calculation is updated in the output console window as shown

• Similarly Calculate other Metallurgical Tool results like Sdas, Alpha, R,G,L and
Isochrons with the appropriate input values

• Click on the Cancel button of the posted calculation status bar to cancel/abort the
operation

• Close the posted Metallurgical Tools panel and Click on the Contour icon in
the main toolbar > Contour Panel gets updated with the newly generated results
• Menu Main File -> Close All to close the file or just delete the model Window

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If there is no write permission to the working directory, calculated
results are written to “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local
Settings\Temp\T007C\ where “T007C” is the directory with model
prefix name.
In case of Linux/Unix: ~.mwesi/ESISoftware/TEMP/2248/T007C/
First list all in home directory by typing” ls –a” command
Change directory to the hidden directory” .mwesi” and then to >
/ESISoftware/TEMP/ here type ”ls –ltr”. Change present directory to the
latest one (generally it will be with a random number eg:-2284 > change
present to directory to “Too7C” where“T007C” is the directory with
model prefix name.

Stress Result Preparation

• Use File > Open or Click on Open


> …/examples/Stress-Simple/ stressg.unf
• Choose the file / Training/Visual-CAST/Tutorial/ Stress-Simple/ stressg.unf and
click the Open button to open the file
• Locate Part 1 by selecting part 1 in the Explorer and right click Locate
• Main Menu Results > Prepare Stress Results > Application posts Stress
Preparation Results Panel with the default stress file status

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• Check all the results shown with the status Not Present > Click on Apply > to
generate the result
Status in the Stress Preparation dialog for the selected result type changes to Up-to-date
as shown below

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• Click on Close or Hit the Escape key to close the posted dialog

Overwrite and Update is useful while solver is running

• Click on STRESS under Contour Categories in the Contour Panel to visualize


stress related results

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Calculation Monitoring
• Run the ProCAST solver for loaded model/File.
• Main Menu Tools > Calculation Monitoring > Application posts the runtime solver
status as shown below and dynamically updates it as and when the solver status
changes.

• Click on the Progress button > posts solver out file.

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• Click on Close to close the Calculation Progress as well as Calculation Monitoring
• Main Menu Results > Stress Preparation Results > To generate stress files while
solver is running > Toggle on Principal Stress1, Principal Stress 2 and Principal
Stress 3 > Click on Apply > Results for the selected types are updated.
The status of the stress files in the Stress Preparation Results Panel is updated as
shown below.

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• Click on Update to check the latest Step/Last Step status > Toggle on Overwrite >
Click on Apply to generate the selected result to the current Step with an Overwrite
option

• Click the Close button to exit the panel.

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Result Export
• Select Category as Thermal and Result as Temperature to Export Temperature
result in PATRAN format.

• Menu File > Export > Click on of Interval > In the posted panel enter
Start=0, End=50 and Increment=10 > Give File Name as Temperature_Patran >
click on Save to export the temperature results for the active part in the model working
directory.

• Change result type to Shrinkage Porosity in the Contour Panel > menu File > Export
> Change file filter to STL(*.stl) in the Save as type > Enter File name as
Shrinkage_Porosity_STL > Save > Shrinkage Porosity result saved to model
working directory in STL format
• Change Contour Category type to STRESS and Result to Mesh Deformation >
Change Picture type in the Contour Panel to Snapshot from Cutoff > menu File >
Export > Change File filter to I-DEAS(*.ntl) > Toggle on Specify Steps > Click on

of Specify Steps > Specify Steps as shown in the image below> Enter
export file name as MeshDeformation_Ideas > click on Save to Save Mesh
Deformation result saved to working directory in I-DEAS format for the specified steps

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• Change Contour Category type to None > menu File > Export > Change file filter to

MESH(*g.mesh) > Enter Step as 50 > Toggle on Invert

displacement > Enter file name as


Geometry_with_InvertDisplacement > Click Save to Export geometry with opposite
Displacements

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Export is always for active result in the Contour Panel and for the visible
parts.

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Visual-CAST
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Tutorial 04:
Particle Tracings using
Visual-CAST
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Prerequisites:
Recommended familiarity with Visualization of results of post data files in Visual-CAST.

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to visualize the stored particles with various
options and how to generate new particle traces for Full Path and End Point
Description:
Visual-CAST allows you to visualize stored particles based on release time, in between the
release steps and particle tracings ON and OFF. Generation of new traces for Full Path and for
End Point options with various methods.
Mesh> Stored Particles
Tools> Calculate New Particles

Outline:

Stored Particles ......................................................................................................................... 43


Calculate New Particles ............................................................................................................ 45

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 30 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the ProCAST simulation model workg.unf from folder …/examples/Gravity-
Work/

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Stored Particles
• Invoke Visual-CAST.
• In the main menu click File> Open
• Choose the file workg.ung and click the Open button to open the file. Model loads in
Page 1 Window1.
• Locate Part 2 (alloy)
• Click on the Display button of the Contour Panel > Check on Stored Particles in the
posted Dialog > Available particles are updated in the model > Close the Dialog

• Click on Play Forward in the Contour Panel to visualize the vectors in White
color.

• Click on the Last Step/Frame icon in the Animation Toolbar to visualize the full
length of stored particles as shown below

Typical Particle traces along with standard contour

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• Change Contour Category to None > menu Options > Click on Stored Particles

to turn off the displaying particles


• Menu Results > Stored Particles > Stored Particles gets updated in the model
window along with the Stored Particle Panel.

• Click on the Status button of the posted dialog to turn off all traces

• Now click on OFF field of Particle1 to turn ON only one trace and click on Play

Forward or Next Frame/Step to visualize these traces

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• Click on Last Step > Change the default values of the Particle Released
Between Step file to 100 and 200 to visualize the traces released between step
number 100 and the step number 200

• Click on Close in the posted dialog to close the dialog as well as to turn off the stored
particle traces

Calculate New Particles


• Menu Results > Calculate New Particles > Calculates New Particles Panel appears
with the default settings in simplified mode as shown.

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• Pick/Select Nodes on the model window either by individual node pick at the required
location or by rectangular pick to generate new traces as shown below.

• Click on the Calculate button of the posted Calculate New Particles panel for the
default setting. Traces for the default setting are calculated as shown.
For default settings, traces are calculated with Backward Calculation method and
calculated over the complete filling sequence. The end points of displayed traces
correspond to the selected nodes.

Display Of new Particle Traces for Particle Velocity

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• Toggle on End Point of Calculation Method > Check the box Through Plane > click
on the Define Plane button to define the finite plane to calculate the End Points of
traces. The Through Plane option will compute and display traces only for particles
that have crossed the plane.
• By clicking the Define Plane > the Plane panel posts with default options as shown
> pick/select 3 points at the desired location on the model window -> Click on the
Ok/Close button to accept the defined finite plane

Finite Plane definition GUI and The defined Through Plane

• Defined plane can be modified as the user wishes by using the Translate and Rotate
options of the posted Plane panel.
• To Translate the defined plane to the desired position > click once on the button
Atpoint and the point/location where the user wants on the model > Defined plane
translate to the picked region of the model.

• Toggle on Node Interval radio button > Change default Node


Interval value to 10 > click on Calculate to calculate the End Points. End points are
calculated and displayed with the default contour Particle Length.

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Display of End Point for Particle Length

• Now change the radio button under Display to Time to visualize the calculated End
Points for the contour Particle Time.

Display of End Point for Particle Time

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• To visualize both Full Path and The End Point at the same time > Toggle on Full
Path in the posted dialog
Now it is displaying traces for both Full Path and End Point. Since the Velocity option
under Display is active, the Full Path traces are displaying for the previous calculation
with the contour color and the End Points are in Gray color just to indicate the location of
End Points.

Display of both Full Path and End Points

• Now click on Calculate button to calculate the Full Path and End Point traces for the
current node set. I.e. with the Node Interval value 10.
• Full Path traces of previous calculation is updated with the new traces as shown.

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Display of both Full Path and End Points
• Toggle on By Pick and Toggle off Through Plane radio buttons in the posted
Calculate New Particles panel.

• Click on Advanced button to calculate new traces with Forward


integration method > Change Calculation type to Forward in the expanded dialog >
Enter Start step as 20 under Time Control > Pick Node in the runner region as
shown.

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• Click on Calculate. Traces with Forward integration are calculated for selected nodes
at time step 20 as shown below.

• Toggle on From Plane option of Particle Selection


> Click on Define > Define the finite plane by picking 3 points on the model to pick the
points where to generate new traces as shown

First two points


3rd Point

Particle Selection form From Plane


• First pick two points to define Finite plane as shown above and then a third point at
the edge of the model to define the direction as shown in the above figure.

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• Change the default increment in the Translate region of the posted finite Plane panel

to 1 > click on to translate defined plane by 1


unit down.

• Click on to accept the plane > Change default value of X & Y to 12 of

Plane Resolution > Change Time Control to


Time, change default Start time to 1.5 and Nb of Releases to 2 and Calculation
Type to Backward.

Full view of Calculation New Particles panel

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• Click on Calculate. Traces are calculated from end points uniformly distributed along
the X and Y distribution of the pre-defined plane. 2 sets of particle traces are displayed
corresponding to times: 1.5s and 0.75s respectively.

Particle traces generated with Plane option

Similarly calculate new traces with different options of the Calculate New Particle dialog.

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Tutorial 05:
Basics of Curve and Profile Plots
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Prerequisites:
Recommended familiarity with the basic features of Visual-CAST

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to create curves and Profile plots. You will
also learn how to format and edit curve data in Visual-CAST.

Description:
Visual-CAST allows you to plot curves and Profile plots for the available results of ProCAST.
Various options are used to plot Curve Evolution and Profile.
File> Import and Plot Panel:
• Load Time History files and create curves using plot options
Insert menu:
• Create Datum lines
Format menu:
• Modify Attributes of Legend Plot and Curves
Edit menu:
• Modify curve data

Outline:

Curve Evolution ........................................................................................................................ 56


Profile ....................................................................................................................................... 62
Create Datum lines................................................................................................................... 65
Modify Attributes of Legend Plot and Curves........................................................................... 66
Modify curve data ..................................................................................................................... 70

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the time history file workg.unf from folder …/examples/Gravity-Work/.

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Curve Evolution
• Invoke Visual-CAST.

• Click on to display advanced toolbars


• In the main menu click File> Open
• Choose the file workg.unf and click the Open button to open the file. Model loads in
Page 1 Window1.

• Click on the Curve Evolution icon from toolbar. The Evolution/Profile Curves
dialog is posted as shown below

Curve Evolution Panel

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• Change the window layout to Two Window using the icon from the Template
toolbar.
• Pick on the model window to select the node > The selected node is updated in the
Curve Evolution list > Click on Plot to plot curve for Temperature result in p1w2

• Change Result to Pressure in the Available Entities/Results list > toggle on Multi-

scale > Click on Plot to plot Pressure result in p1w2 along with the
already available Temperature plot > p1w2 appended with Pressure result plot as
shown

Typical Plot Window

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• Change the active plot window (window with green border) to model window.
• Click on Group button of the Evolution/Profile Curves panel > Enter name as Top
Portion of the Runner in the posted Group dialog Name field > Select node as
shown in the figure > click on Apply to create Group

Group Creation 1
• Repeat the above step for creation of Group for the Lower nodes of the Runner as
shown below

Group Creation 2

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• Created Groups are updated in the Curve evolution list as shown below

Created Group List


• Change Result to Temperature in Available Entities/Results list > Select groups 1
and 2 in the entity list > Toggle on New Page radio > Click on Plot to plot average
Temperature results for the 2 selected groups.

Temperature plot with Group Option

• Curves for defined group are plotted in Page 2 window 1.

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• Toggle on Interval option > Enter interval value 500 > Select Result type
Temperature > Toggle off New Page > Ensure that P2W2 should be active, if not
just click on empty window of page 2 > Click on Plot button in the Evolution/Profile
Curves panel > Temperature results are plotted with node interval 100 as shown.

Temperature plots with node interval 100

• With P2W2 active > Click on either E of your keyboard or the Maximize Restore
icon of the Window Template Toolbar to maximize the plot window P2W2.

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• Again click on either E of your keyboard or the Maximize Restore icon of the
Window Template Toolbar to restore it back to original view.
• With P2W2 active > click on Delete key of your key board or Right click on the plot
window > select Delete > to Delete the plot window P2W2.
• Change one window template of page 2 to two window template by clicking on the

icon of Window Template toolbar in the main toolbar area.


• Change interval value to 500 > Ensure that P2W2 is active, if not just click on the
empty window of Page 2 > Click on the Plot button in the Evolution/Profile Curves
panel > Temperature results are plotted with node interval 500 as shown in P2W2.

Temperature plots with node interval 500

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Profile

• Change active plot window to model > Click on Profile icon in the main tool bar
or Change tab to Profile from Evolution in the posted Evolution/Profile Curves
panel to define Profile and to plot curve for defined Profile.

• Click on the combo button of the Page Navigation


toolbar > Select Page 1/2 in the posted combo list.
• Ensure that the Model window is active.

• Click on Define of the Define Profile option > Select first point as shown

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• Click on Set Point in the posted Profile Definition dialog > Select second point as
shown

• Click on Set Point in the posted Profile Definition dialog.


• Click on OK to accept the defined Profile > Click on Close to close the posted Profile
Definition dialog
• Defined Profile 1 gets updated in the Entities list of the Evolution/Profile Curves
panel
• Toggle on option Intersection Points in the Display Options in the dialog > the
model window is updated with the intersection points taken to create the profile.
• Toggle on option Contour in Display Options in the dialog > to check the Contour
on the model for the active Temperature result > Toggle off the same to view the
defined Profile
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• Toggle on New Page and click on Plot to plot the profile for the selected result type
Temperature Profile Plot for the defined Profile is displayed for the current step as
shown below:

Typical Profile Plot window

• Click on the Play Forward icon in Evolution/Profile Curves dialog > Plotted

profile plot is animated with Step increment defined in the Animation Control
panel.

• Click on the Single Window icon of the main tool bar to change the two-window
template of Page 3 to single window template.

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Create Datum lines

• Click on the arrow on the Page toolbar and move to


Page 2.
• Menu, Insert > Datum Line to insert a datum line.
• The Datum Lines panel is posted as shown.

• Click on the Location column and change the value to 400.


• Click on X/Y column to change it to X so that the datum line is parallel to X –axis.
• Change the Name to X Datum.

• Click on in the Location button to move the datum text to the


center and click Close to close the Datum Lines panel. The Plot with datum lines is
as shown below:

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Plot Window with Datum Line

Modify Attributes of Legend Plot and Curves

• Right Click on the Main Toolbar area > Select > again

Right Click on the Main Toolbar area > Select Customize >
Change default tab to Toolbars in the posted Customize dialog > Click on the Reset

Position button to reset the position of toolbars in the main tool bar
area

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• Select the plot window (P2W1).

• Click on the plot Legend or the Legend icon to post Legends and Labels Panel
as shown below:

• Select the Secondary legend in Row 1 in the Legends Tab, highlight the legend in the
text box below and change to Top Portion of Runner Temperature Modified.
• Similarly change the Secondary legend in Row 2 to Lower Portion of Runner
Temperature Modified.

• Click on the Settings button , in the Legends panel, and change the font
style to Bold and click Close to close the panel.

• Change tab to Text > Click on the Insert button > Change Text 1 in the
edit window to Temperature at the top of Runner > Click on Apply to update >
Move the inserted text position on the plot window by selecting the inserted text and
drag to the required position as shown

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Text edit
window

Plot Attributes
• In window P2W1, Double click on X axis to post the Axis and Grids panel.
• In Grids Ticks tab, click on Major, under Settings section.
• Click on the Settings icon > Change Line Style to Dotted and Color to blue.
• Change Line Thickness to 2 and click on Close to close the dialog.
• Click Labels button, toggle On X-Axis and click Settings button.
• In Borders and shading tab, choose the Dash Dot Line and set a suitable color and
thickness to the grid lines and click Close.
• Click on Labels button in Axis and Grids panel.
• In Labels tab click on Settings button and change the Font to Verdana, Style to bold
and Size to 12. Also set a suitable color for the Y –axis. Close Settings panel and
repeat the step for the X- axis.

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Curve Attributes
• Pick the curve Lower Portion of the Runner Temperature Modified from the plot
window, right click and choose Format.
• The Curves and Markers panel is posted. Change the Line Type to Dash, the Line
Thickness to 4.
• In Markers tab, choose Custom > Star Marker, Size> Custom. Move the slider and
set the size to 3.
• In How Many section, Toggle on Display and enter Marker value of 20.
• In Marker Color section, choose any suitable color for the marker and click Close to
close the panel.
• The curves with markers and the formatted legends and labels of plot are as shown
below:

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Modify curve data
• Click on Y axis of the plot window (p3w1).
• In the Axis and Grids panel, change Y-max value to 750, Y-interval to 25 and Y-min
to 500 and Freeze the Axis as shown below. Similarly change the toggle to X-Axis
and freeze X Axis settings also.

• Click Apply to visualize the results in plot window


• Click Close to close the Axis and Grids panel.
• Click File > Exit to exit Visual-CAST.

This completes the tutorial Basics of Curve and Profile Plotting.

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Visual-CAST
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Tutorial 06:
Synchronization
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Prerequisites:
Recommended familiarity with Animation of post data files in Visual-CAST.

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to synchronize of same model in different
window/page, between different models, Model and Plot And model and Profile plot.

Description:
Visual-CAST allows you to synchronize and animate cloned models, Different models and Curves.
In this chapter using
Results > Synchronize…:
• Animate and Synchronize model and Plots

Outline:

Synchronization between Models ............................................................................................. 73


Synchronization between Model and Plot ................................................................................. 75
Synchronization between Model, Curve Plot and Profile Plot................................................... 76

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 30 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the files Workg.ung and T007g.unf from folder …/examples/.

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Synchronization between Models
• Invoke Visual-CAST.
• In the main menu, click File> Open.
• Choose the file Workg.unf and click on the Open button to open the file.
• Model loads in Page 1 Window 1 (p1w1).
• Locate Alloy part(Part number 2) > Click on the F key on the key board to fit the
model to the window

• Choose Tools> Layout for Windows and click on to choose a 4 window


layout.

• Menu Edit > Select Copy Window > Enter Number Views as 3 and
click on Ok in the posted dialog.
• Click on p1w2 > Change Result type to Fraction Solid in Contour Panel
• Click on p1w3 > Change Contour Categories in the Available Contours of Contour
Panel to FLUID.
• Click on p1w4 > Change Contour Categories in the Available Contours of Contour
Panel to FLIUD and Results to Pressure.

• Click on Play Forward of the Animation Toolbar > All windows all animates
with different results.

• Click on the Animation Control icon or the Animation button of the Contour
Panel > Drag the Speed Control slider towards Slow

to reduce the animation speed


• Click on the Contour button in the Animation Control dialog to move to Contour
Panel

• Click Results > Synchronize… in the main menu or choose the icon to post the
synchronization panel.

• In the Synchronize panel, uncheck checkbox under Syn… to de-synchronize


all the cloned windows.

Synchronization is ON by default for the Copied/Cloned Windows

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• Close the posted Synchronization Panel > Now click on Play Forward >
Animation is only for the Active Window( window with Green Border)
• Stop Animation > Click on p1w4 > Hit on Delete key in the key board > Select Yes in
the posted dialog to delete the active window > Similarly delete the other two windows

• Click on the Two Window template icon in the Main Toolbar> Load T007g.unf
file from …/examples/Gravity-Tat/ > Locate alloy part in the loaded model
• Model get loaded in p1w2

• Click Results > Synchronize… in the main menu or choose the icon to post the
synchronization panel.

• In the Synchronize panel, click Syn… to synchronize the two models.

• Click on Play Forward of the Animation Toolbar

• Stop Animation by clicking the Pause icon of the Animation Toolbar of the
Contour Panel

• Menu File > Select Close Files… > Select Second file in the posted
dialog and click Ok to close the second file as shown

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Synchronization between Model and Plot

• Click on Curve Evolution and Two Window template icon in the Main
Toolbar > Toggle on the Interval option in the posted Evolution/Profile Curves
panel > Click on Plot > Temperature curves are plotted in p1w2 with the node
interval 1000.

• Click Results > Synchronize… in the main menu or choose the icon to post the
synchronization panel.

• In the Synchronize panel, click Syn… to synchronize the model window and
the plot window.

• Click the Play Forward icon in the Contour Panel > Plot window updates with
the Synchronization bar and it traverses as the contour animates

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Model and Plot window Synchronization

Synchronization between Model, Curve Plot and Profile


Plot

• Menu Tools > Layout for Window > Click on to change two window template
to three window template > Click Close to close the posted dialog.

• Click on Profile icon in the main Toolbar > Define profile as shown

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• Click on Ok and close the posted child dialog > Select p1w3 and then click on Plot to
plot the defined Profile on p1w3

• Click Results > Synchronize… in the main menu or choose the icon to post the
synchronization panel.
rd
• Toggle on check in the 3 row to
synchronize model, Curve Evolution and Profile plot > click on Close to close the
posted synchronize dialog
• Now change active plot window to Model > Toggle on Contour radio in the Profile

dialog > Click on Play Forward or Next Step/Frame > Model, Curve and
Profile plots are animates simultaneously.

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Synchronization of Model, Evolution and Profile Plot

Similarly user can synchronize model and plot windows in other pages.

• Click File> Exit to exit Visual-CAST.


This completes the tutorial Synchronization.

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Visual-CAST
V3.0

Tutorial 07:
Reports Generation
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Prerequisites:
Recommended: familiarity with the basics of Curve, Profile and Result Visualization.

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to draw tables and text objects, preview and
save Image, Movie, Page Movie, PDF and PPT reports

Description:
Visual-CAST allows you to use Drawing objects (lines, shapes, Text, tables, arrows, images, etc.),
define header and footer along with models, curve data and video and generate presentations and
PDF reports. Visual-CAST also allows you to save data and texts contained in the header, footer
and drawing objects, as templates, and restore the same by re-loading the templates. In this
tutorial, using the Drawing blocks, HTML for PPT reports and PDF preview:
• Create Text and Table blocks
• Define Header and Footer with text and logos
• Generate presentation reports

Outline:

Create Text and Table blocks ................................................................................................. 811


Define Headers and footers with text and logos ..................................................................... 855
Generate presentation ready reports ...................................................................................... 877
Image, Movie and Movie Page export..................................................................................... 877

Duration:
This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the following template file from the folder …./examples/Gravity-Tat/.

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Create Text and Table blocks

• Invoke Visual-CAST.

• Click on the Appends New Page icon in the main Toolbar.


• Make sure Page 2 i.e. P2W1 is the active window.
• Click on Choose the file > Select T007Cg.unf and click the Open button to open the file.
• Activate Page 1 as active.
• Click Insert > Drawing Block to insert a draw block on Page 1 Window1.

• From DrawShape toolbar, choose the Oval icon . Click inside the draw block and drag
the left mouse button to create an Oval shape.

• From the Draw General toolbar, choose the icon . Click inside the draw block and
drag the left mouse button to create a text box. Drag the textbox to position it inside the
oval created before.
• Double click the Text box and change the caption as shown in the figure below. Click
Common tab.

• Click the Font tab and change the font Color. Click the Border tab and toggle Off Display
Border. Click the Alignment tab and choose Vertical> Top alignment.
• Click on draw block to remove any selected drawing object. Right click on the Draw block
and choose Picture. Choose the image esi_group.jpeg from the folder …/examples/ and
click Open to insert the picture in the draw block.

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• Click on esi_group.jpeg to select it and position it suitably inside the Oval drawing object.

• From Draw General toolbar, choose the icon . Click inside the draw block and drag
the left mouse button to create a text box. Drag the textbox and position it just above the
esi_group.jpeg inside the Oval drawing object.
• In Common tab, double click on the Text box and change the caption to “Prepared by:”.
• Change the font size to 12 in the Fonts Tab and turn Off the Text Box border in Border
tab.
• After the completion of the above operations, the drawing block is as shown in figure
below:

• Use the arrows on the Page toolbar and move to the next page.

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Select Part 2, 3 and 4 in explorer > Right click > Hide > only alloy part located in the Graphical
window

Typical model explorer

• Menu Insert > Annotation > Click left mouse button on the model window for the first
reference point, drag it to the end point and then release it > Rename Add_Text_1 as
Runner in the edit window of the posted Annotation and Click Ok to update new text in
the model window dialog as shown

Annotation Dialog

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• Similarly add two more annotation as shown below

• Click on Close button to close the Annotation GUI.

• Click Append blank page icon to append a page (P3) to the existing.
• Click Insert> Drawing Block to insert a draw block on Page 3 Window1.

• Use the icon to insert a table inside the draw block on Page 3. Modify the Rows = 6
and Columns = 4, click OK in the Insert table dialog.
• Double click on the table to post the Table settings dialog.
• Select cells of First row and click on Merge Cells button > Toggle on Merge/Unmerge >
Click Apply.
• Enter the text in the cells of row 1 of table as shown in figure below:

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• Drag the Table object and position it at the center of the draw block.

Define Headers and footers with text and logos

• Click on the Preview icon to post the Preview dialog.

• Click button and in the Page set up tab click on Presets


to display outer and inner borders of the page. Assign a suitable border color.

• Click on the Header tab. For the left header click on browse through and insert the
esi_group.jpeg or any company logo available. For the center header enter the text

“Visual-CAST Training “and set a suitable font attribute. For the Right header click on
and select the format Date (MM/DD/YYYY).
• The Header tab with the above operations is as shown below:

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• Enter a Header Height of 60 pixels to view the header fully.
• Click on the Footer tab. For the left footer enter the text
“Project#01/Visual_Viewer/Dec05“. For the center footer enter the text “ESI Software

(India) Pvt. Ltd. “and set suitable font attribute. For the Right footer click on and
select the format Page Number (Page 1 of 10).

• Browse through all pages in the preview mode using the


page toolbar.
• Click on Save As… to save a PDF report, toggle On All Pages, provide the file name as
Visual_Cast_Training.pdf and click Save button to save a PDF report for all pages.

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• After the PDF file is saved, the following message is posted: “PDF Export successful”
Click OK to close.
• The Visual_Cast_Training.pdf file can be opened using Acrobat reader.
• Click the Close button to close the preview.

Generate presentation ready reports

• Click on icon to post the Power Point Export Tab.


• Toggle On All Pages and White Background options.
• Toggle On Preview to view the preview and browse through using the page toolbar. Make
sure the required contents are captured in the preview and suitably modify text location,
fonts and other attributes.

• Provide an export directory using the Browse button .


• Click Finish to export all pages to ESIPowerPoint.html.
• The file ESIPowerPoint.html can be opened in Power Point.

The ESIPowerPoint.html file is linked to the ESIPowerPoint directory


that stores the images and video files of the report. The directory and its
contents are required for *.html file to load in Power Point

Image, Movie and Movie Page export

• Navigate to Page 2 > click on the Save Image As icon or Right click on the model
window > Save Image As > Save image as Visual_Cast_Training.pnj to the model
directory.

Similarly the user can save image in JPEG and BMP format by changing the
filter in Save As Image dialog

• Click on Export Movie icon > Enter file name as Visual_Cast_Training.avi > Click
on Save to Export Movie to model directory

The user can export Movie, Image, Result File, and Movie Page to any
destination but by default it will go to Model working directory.

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• Click on the Two Window Template icon > Post Curve Evolution panel by clicking

> pick any node and Plot curve for default result Temperature

• Now click on the Save Page As icon > Change Save As type to JPEG in the posted
dialog > Enter File Name as VisualCast_Training_Imagefor_Page.jpeg > Click on the
Save button to save page as image
• Click on p2w1 > menu File > Export Page Movie > Do the setting in the posted dialog as
shown

Export Page Movie dialog

• For the above settings in the posted panel, the following is the application area captured
for the movie page.

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• Click on Export in the Movie Page Export panel to export the Movie Page to the working
directory.
• Menu File > Save Session File > Save session to directory …/examples/ with name
ReportGeneration_In_VisualCast.py
• Menu File > Exit to exit the application

This completes the tutorial Generating PDF Reports and Presenting Results.
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Visual-CAST
V3.0

Tutorial 08:
Other Features
VTS-3.0-CA-AT-08

This working document and related know-how herein provided by ESI Group subject to contractual
conditions are to remain confidential. The client shall not disclose the documentation and/or
related know-how in whole or in part to any third party without the prior written permission of ESI
Group

Copyright © ESI Group, 2007. All rights reserved.

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Prerequisites:
Recommended: familiarity with file loading and the basics of plotting.

Objective:
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Visual-CAST to import and Export Curves, Node list, apply
plot settings globally and usage of command interpreter

Description:
This concluding tutorial describes a few additional features of Visual-CAST that have not been
covered earlier in this tutorial:
Using File> Open:
• …/examples/Stress-Simple/ stressg.unf
Using Toolbars:
• Apply page default settings
• Post Model statistics
Using Page View:
• Drag and drop of curves on another plot or page window
Miscellaneous:
• Work with Command interpreter
Outline:

Apply Settings ........................................................................................................................... 92


Drag and drop of curves on another plot or page window ........................................................ 95
Working with Command Interpreter .......................................................................................... 97

Duration:
This concluding tutorial will take approximately 30 minutes to execute.

Files used:
This tutorial uses the following
• …/examples/Stress-Simple/ stressg.unf

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Apply Settings
• Invoke Visual-CAST

• If the application loaded with Simple Toolbar mode click on to get advanced Toolbars
along with Output console and command interpreter.
• In the main menu, click File > Open > Select / stressg.unf from …/examples/Stress-
Simple
• Click Open to load the file.

• Click on Show Model Statistics icon in the main toolbar > Posts Model statistics as
shown.

Model Statistics Dialog

• Click on the Save icon in the posted Model Statistics dialog > Save model statistics
file Model_Statistics.txt to the working directory.
• Click on Close to Close the posted Model Statistics panel.

• Click on icon to change the default window template to 4-window template.


• Post Curve Evolution panel > Plot curves for all available results by picking some node as
shown

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Plots in different windows

• Click on plot window p1w2 > Double click on Legend >


In posted Legend and Labels panel > Change default tab to Title > Change the Title name
NODE to Visual-CAST Training > Click on Apply to update.

• Now click on the Settings icon of the Legend and Labels panel > In the posted
dialog change Family to Verdana, Style to Italic, Font to 18 and select Blue color in
Color box > click on Close to close the posted dialog.
• Right click on the p1w2 > Select Apply Settings > Toggle on All Settings, Title Text and
All Pages radio in the posted Apply Settings panel > Click Apply to apply the settings
done for p1w2 to all other plot window.

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Apply Settings Panel
• Settings done for plot window p1w2 are updated to all other plot window as shown.

Plot Windows with Modified Title

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Drag and drop of curves on another plot or page window

• Change Explorer View to Page View


• Explorer View displays shown in figure below

Typical Explorer View

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• Click on Append Blank Page icon in the Main Toolbar.
• Drag the selection using the left mouse and release on Page 3 Window 1

• The dragged curve gets updated in Page 3 Window 1 and is shown below.

• Now select curve in plot window P3W1 > Right click > Select Copy or Ctrl C on the key
board > Right Click on P3W2 > Select Paste or Ctrl V > Curve of P3W1 copied to P3W2.
• Similarly user can do operation viz. cut, copy, delete and etc

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Working with Command Interpreter
• Click on the model window and click on key E in the keyboard to maximize the model
window
• Type command animfw() in the command interpreter and hit enter as shown

• Type command animstop() to stop the animation.

• Type command > select the command in the help to get the syntax of the command as
shown above and hit Escape key to close the help message.
• Type command help in the command interpreter to know more commands.
• Command interpreter list with all the commands as shown

Available commands
• Similarly the user can do all operations using the command interpreter.
• Click File> Exit to exit Viewer

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Session execution
• Rename all files exported while executing the Tutorial 7.
E.g. : Movie file exported in Tutorial 7 “Visual_Cast_Training.avi” to
“Visual_Cast_Training_org.avi”. Similarly rename all other files exported in from Tutorial 7
OR
• Change file exported directory paths in the saved session
ReportGeneration_In_VisualCast.py to D:/temp.
E.g.: Open session file ReportGeneration_In_VisualCast.py in text editor
Search for the line
“ Viewer.ExportWindowMovie(r"…/examples/Visual_Cast_Training.avi" ) “ line >
Replace the directory path …/examples/ to D:/temp/

Similarly replace all file exported paths to D:/temp/

The above said exercise is to avoid the overwriting of the files exported/saved
while executing the Tutorial 7 on executing the session file
ReportGeneration_In_VisualCast.py.

• Invoke VisualCAST application.


• Menu File > Execute Session File > Select the session file
ReportGeneration_In_VisualCast.py form .../examples/ folder > Click on Open to
execute the session file.
• Click File> Exit to exit Viewer

This completes the tutorial Other Features and concludes the Visual-CAST training.

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