Use the Measure tool to measure various distances and angles between entities.

This tool allows you to measure:
  • Distance between nodes or systems (markers)
  • Incremental distance between nodes or systems (markers)
  • Position of x, y, z coordinates at any given time frame (nodes or systems/markers)
  • Relative displacement of nodes or systems (markers)
  • Relative angle between two nodes or systems (markers)
  • Incremental angle between two nodes or systems (markers)
  • Angle between three nodes or systems (markers)
  • Yaw, pitch, and roll of systems (markers)
  • Element or nodal results when contour data is applied
  • Path between two (or more) nodes
  • Radius of a circle defined by three nodes or systems
  • Minimum distance between two entities (nodes, components, or elements)

Measures can also be defined on cross-section nodes for measuring position, distance between, or any other nodal measure type to examine the points on the deformed section. Calculating intrusion on a vehicle cross car section of the B-pillar is an example for automotive crash simulations that will be applicable. In addition, nodal results can be measured on cross-sections and paths defined to study the variation of a result, as blank thickness from stamping simulations, using the path measures. See the Cross-Section Measurements and Path Plots topic for additional details.

Measures can be created either from the Measure tool in the Results Ribbon or from the Results Browser. See the Create a Measure topic for additional details.

Figure 1.
Additionally, when a contour is applied to the model, the two measure groups listed below are automatically created. These measure groups are predefined and cannot be altered.
Static MinMax Result
Displays the minimum and maximum values from all the time steps combined.
Dynamic MinMax Result
Displays the minimum and maximum values at each time step.

After creating a measure, you can use it to create a curve in a preview plot, a new plot, or an existing plot. Cross plotting options to control the abscissa of the curve are also available. See the Create a Curve from a Measure topic for additional details.

To review the measure groups/items created and create plots, click on the satellite icon in the Ribbon to bring up the measure table dialog or use the Measures folder in the Results Browser See the topic for additional details. See the Review and Edit a Measure topic for additional details.