Create, Edit, and Display Deformed Plots

Use the Deformed tool to specify parameters for deformation display. This displays the original structure and the deformed shape to see the total amount of movement, or view the deformed shape by itself.

  1. From the Post ribbon, click the Deformed tool.

    Figure 1.
  2. Select a deformed plot using the drop-down menu on the guide bar.
  3. Optional: Click the Create Deformed satellite icon to define a new deformed plot.

    Figure 2.
  4. Optional: To review and edit the current plot definition, click on the guide bar.
  5. Optional: Select a subset of components or elements on which to apply the plot.
    By default, the plot is applied to the entire model.
  6. Click Plot to display the plot.
  7. Click one of the following:
    • - Save changes and exit the tool
    • - Clear the plot
    • - Exit the tool without saving changes
  • Plots are based on the current load case and step, which can be reviewed and updated from the status bar or the browser.
  • Existing plots can also be displayed or cleared using the plot icons in the Results Browser.
  • Editing the definition for a displayed plot will automatically update the graphics. For large models, editing the plot definition may be faster if the plot is not displayed.
When a deformation plot is active, window selection is disabled.
Tensor and Vector on Deformed
Vector and tensor are currently always shown in undeformed shape. If deformation is on and either a tensor or vector plot are displayed, an undeformed shape (with default component color mode) is displayed and relevant quantities are drawn using it as reference.

Figure 3.