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Using Simplified Representations in Mechanica

Simplified Representations can be used to simplify assemblies without creating a new model.

Original Master Representation.

Simplified Representation with components excluded. LectureNotes Using Simplified Representations Pro/ENGINEER assemblies can include an incredible level of detail that can in many cases present a problem for analyzing the model in Mechanica, or any other simulation module for that matter. In many situations, users will want to suppress certain components or simplify the assembly. However, actions such as suppressing components mean that the original model has been modified. Therefore, the user would have to copy the existing model to a new one, or keep track of what components need to be resumed at a later date. It is far more convenient for the engineer and the team working on the model to take advantage of simplified representation. Components that are not going to be analyzed can be excluded from the representation and then the simplified representation itself can be used in Mechanica. A good example is shown in the figures above. The figure on the left shows the full model; the figure on the right shows a simplified representation of the same model with components excluded. The original design model remains unchanged, while the simplified representation has made significant reductions in the amount of geometry that will be taken into Mechanica for analysis. Best Practices Simplified representations can be used to eliminate components for a number of reasons. In other topics within this course, you may have seen where simplified representations were used to remove components that represented payload and replaced with a load or mass. Another different example would be bolts and nuts. These components are often modeled in assemblies but can add a significant number

of elements to a model. Removing bolts and nuts from the assembly and replacing them with Mechanica fastener simulation features could save significant analysis time and memory. UsingSimplifiedRepresentationsinMechanicaDemonstration UsingSimplifiedRepresentationsinMechanica_demo.mp4 UsingSimplifiedRepresentationsinMechanicaProcedure

Procedure: Using Simplified Representations in Mechanica

Take a simplified representation into Mechanica. SimpReps pump.asm

Task 1. Access the Mechanica simplified representation.

Before completing any steps, note the components present in the PUMP.ASM design assembly. In particular, note the presence of the bearings, and the bolts and screws that are assembled through the holes in the VOLUTE.PRT part as shown in the figure.

1. Click View Manager

from the main toolbar.

Alternatively, you could access the View Manager be clicking View > View Manager from the main menu.

2. If necessary, select the Simp Rep tab. Right-click Mechanica from the list of Simplified Representation names and select Set Active as shown in the figure.

Note that the only components that remain are the VOLUTE.PRT, BACKHEAD2.PRT, and FRAME2.PRT parts. The Mechanica simplified representation has excluded the rest of the components as shown in the


3. Open Mechanica by clicking Applications > Mechanica from the main menu. The bolts and screws in the model have been replaced with Mechanica fasteners for analysis. This is not done automatically.

4. Return to the Standard Pro/ENGINEER mode by clicking Applications > Standard. 5. Click Save from the main toolbar and click OK to save the model. 6. Click File > Close Window from the main menu. 7. Click File > Erase > Not Displayed > OK to erase the model from memory.

This completes the procedure.