Split, Swap, Combine Elements

Use the Edit Elements: Split tool to split quad elements and edges, combine tria elements, and swap element edges. Second order 2D elements are also supported.

  1. From the Model ribbon, click the Edit Elements > Split tool.

    Figure 1.
    Elements are colored according to how well they adhere to the pre-set quality requirements defined in the criteria file.
  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to to define the options used to edit elements.
  3. Optional: Find all elements at or below a certain quality level.
    1. Click Find on the guide bar.
    2. Increase or decrease the number of layers around patches of failed elements by clicking or on the guide bar.
    3. Review the next or previous patch of failed elements by clicking or on the guide bar.
  4. Select a split method from the guide bar drop-down menu.
    Option Description
    • Split an element or element edge by left-clicking.
    • Swap an element edge by holding Ctrl while left-clicking on an element or edge. Additional clicks will cycle through the possible edge positions.
    • Combine two tria elements by holding Shift while left-clicking on their shared edge.
    Graphical Lines
    1. Draw continuous single or multiple graphical split lines.
    2. Click Split.

    Figure 2.
    Element Selection
    1. Select elements to split.
    2. Click Split.

    Figure 3.
    Note: When you split elements at fillets or curved faces, the middle nodes are projected back to parent edges/surfaces by default upon splitting.

    Figure 4.
    Tip: You can toggle graphical previews from the options menu.