Defining the Options of a System

An option is used to customize some type of modeling behavior. Options can perform operations such as turning entities on or off, or converting systems from compliant to non-compliant.

When you select the Options tab on the System and Assembly panel, a list of the options belonging to the current system is displayed. Each system has a Compliant option by default. This option can be used to toggle the state of joints within the system. The joint or bushing within the system should be modeled within an *if(Op_Compliant == "Yes") loop in the MDL language using a text editor.

  1. From the Project Browser, select a system.
    The Systems/Assembly panel is displayed.
  2. Select the Options tab.
  3. Specify whether to make the system compliant or non-compliant from the drop-down menu.
    Selecting Yes makes all the compliant joints in the system compliant while selecting No makes all compliant joints non-compliant.

    In addition to converting compliant joints, MotionView can turn other entities on or off in a system according to predefined system settings. For example, MotionView can turn off specific entities such as springs or stabilizer bars when the system is made non-compliant.

    • The Compliant option is applied to all subsystems beneath the current system.
    • The Compliant option can be overridden for individual joints in the Joints panel.
    • Not all joints can be compliant. The rules for converting joints from compliant to non-compliant are built into each model using the MDL language.
    • See *Option() in the MDL Language Reference for more information on creating options.