Import Model

Import all data required for the Squeak and Rattle Analysis preparation.

You can import a model file as a Solver Deck (.fem) or a HyperMesh Database file (.hm). You can import and restore a previous session with existing E-Lines.

You can import a DTS file containing predefined Gap and Tolerance values for all the interfaces to evaluate and a Material Database file with compatibility data from Stick-Slip tests. If a material database file is unavailable, you can connect to Ziegler Material Database.

  1. From the SnRD ribbon, click Import.
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  2. Click to select a Model to import.
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  3. Optional: Click to specify DTS and material files.
  4. Click Import.
    Note: Once the files are specified, Squeak and Rattle Director will make a copy of these files to a working directory in the same directory as the model file. The name of the working directory will follow the name of the model file and suffixed with _SNRD. For example, if the model file name is SnR_demo_model, then the name of the working directory will be SnR_demo_model_SNRD.
    The selected model, default, or DTS, and Material files are imported to the HyperMesh Desktop session.
  • For a new model, you can start the E-Line Setup.
  • For a model with existing E-Lines, all previously created E-Lines will be visible in the model.
  • If a model contains existing E-Line(s), you have an option to restore E-Lines information from a pre-output CSV file or from the data stored in the file itself. The latter option is only available for .hm files.
    Restriction: Existing E-Lines in a Solver Deck can not be restored without a pre-output CSV file, which can only be created at Export. Ensure to save the progress in the .hm file.
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Import Options

Description of various Import options.

Model File
The user-defined DTS data is imported, and you can map an Interface Name to the corresponding E-Line in Manage E-line. Supported file formats are:
  • *.hm: HyperMesh models.
  • *.fem: OptiStruct solver decks.
DTS File
The user-defined Material database is imported, and you can map material to corresponding squeak lines in manage E-Lines.
A Dimension Tolerance Specifications (DTS) file is a *.csv file containing the manufacturing tolerance between the components in the model.
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Material File
A Material file is a *.csv file containing the user-created material stick-slip data.
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Note: The default Material and DTS files can be used as templates. These are located at: <Altair Installation Directory>\hwdesktop\mv\scripts\tcl\snr\pre\config.