Import Temperature Values from Excel into Femap

30 Apr, 2013 By: Alastair Robertson

Femap Tips and Tricks: Convert data from a thermal analysis into a load case.

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM.

Sometimes element or nodal temperature distributions that are created by thermal solvers are only available in the form of a spreadsheet. We would like to take these values and turn them into a load case for subsequent analysis, so let’s see how to do this in Femap.

The demonstration model for this is a very simple strip of ten quad elements, and we also have a temperature distribution in the form of a spreadsheet, which has actually been saved in a comma-delimited format.

These temperatures can be imported into Femap in the form of a results vector. In the menu select File > Import > Analysis Results, and in the resulting Import Results From dialog, select Comma-Separated.

Click OK and browse to select the spreadsheet CSV file that contains the temperature distribution data. In the Read Comma-Separated Table dialog ensure that the format settings match the spreadsheet layout. For this example we are reading in nodal data, and we’ll create a new output set with an ID of 9000000. Click OK.

We can check the temperature values by plotting them out as if they were results vector values. Click the Post Data icon on the Post toolbar.

1 2 

About the Author: Alastair Robertson

Alastair Robertson

Add comment

Note: Comments are moderated and will appear live after approval by the site moderator.

Download Cadalyst Magazine Special Edition