Connector Creation Panels

Overview of the structure in the Spot, Bolt, Seam and Area panels.

All panels subdivided in at least three subpanels:
The connector of the appropriate type is both created and realized simultaneously.
The connector of the appropriate type is only created.
An existing connector of the appropriate type is only realized.
The edit or the partition subpanels are different or belong exclusively to a certain connector type, therefore these three subpanels look and behave very similarly.

Figure 1. Connector Module Structure. The subpanels are organized into three columns, which are indicated with colored boxes.

First Column (Blue)

This column contains everything related to connector creation and link detection.
  • location
  • link candidates (link entity type, link state)
  • number of layers (only for spots and bolts), and
  • tolerance
Dependent on the connector type (spot, bolt, seam, area) and the selected locations, additional options are provided.
Defines how the test points should be distributed along a connector line. At each test point a separate realization is performed. This is also available for spot or bolt connectors.
split to points
Available for any kind of elongated connector location like line, linelist, or nodelist. The test points are distributed along this line, but single connectors instead of a line connector are created.
add location node as link
Available only for spots defined at node locations. The selected node is stored on the connector as link entity.

Figure 2.

Second Column (Orange)

This column contains everything related to realization type, post script, and property assignment.

In the first line of this column the realization type is selected. In the last two lines, different options are provided dependent upon the realization type.

Figure 3. Realization Options

Many custom realization types include a certain post script. If such a realization type is chosen, the default post script is set to the appropriate post script. These types of post scripts typically manage the organization and property assignment of the FE representation.

In the second line the post script treatment is defined. This can be done for any realization type, even for those with a post script defined in the FE configuration file. The options are:
default post script
Default for any realization type having a post script defined in its FE configuration, though this option can be changed (sometimes you may wish to skip the predefined post scripts or to use your own).

Figure 4. Default Post Script
no/skip post script
Default for all realization types without any post script defined. No post script is used. When this option is chosen, several additional entry controls appear.

Figure 5. No/Skip Post Script
user post script
You must specify your own .tcl file to be used. Such a file can perform a special treatment on the FE representation.
In the third line the element destination can be defined. This line only appears in the create subpanels when no/skip post script is selected.

Figure 6. Element Destination Options
elems to current comp
The newly created elements are organized into the current component.
elems to connector comp
The newly created elements are organized appropriate to the connector component.
In the fourth and fifth lines the property treatment is defined. This line only appears when no/skip post script is selected in the second line.

Figure 7. Property Treatment Options
Select a property to assign to all newly created elements.
no property
No property is created.
direct property assignment
Directly assigns the property.
By default, the property is assigned to the destination components. This option is only available when property= is selected and the user profile is Nastran, OptiStruct, Radioss, or Abaqus.

Third Column (Yellow)

This column contains options related to the final connection to the link entities. This column is the same for all of the different realize subpanels.

The realization type describes how the FE representation will look. HyperMesh offers different routines to determine how the realizations should occur. These different routines describe in more detail exactly how the connection between the FE representation and the link elements should be achieved. The routines differ depending on the connector type; similar methods are offered for spots, seams, and area connectors, but bolt connectors require completely different methods.
Note: Certain realization types need specific realization methods, or offer only a subset of the available methods.

The realization methods can be chosen in every subpanel where a connector realization can be performed. These subpanels are always the 1st and 3rd subpanel in the Spot, Bolt, Seam, and Area panels. In each case, the first subpanel creates and subsequently realizes the connector, while the third subpanel realizes preexisting connectors. All of these subpanels are divided into three sections; the right section is the one with the different realization methods.