Import Loads from CSV

Apply Forces from an external comma separated values (CSV) file.

Within a tolerance, Forces are mapped from the specified force location to the closest part face. Forces and locations are specified in the global coordinate system. Multiple load cases can be specified in each CSV file, although only one may be applied at a time.

  1. In the Project Tree, open the Analysis Workbench.
  2. On the Analysis Workbench toolbar, select Imported forces.
  3. In the dialog, click the Import from CSV button.
  4. Browse to the desired CSV file in the File explorer.
  5. Click Open.
  6. In the Imported forces dialog, if more than one load case is present in the CSV file, select the load case to apply in the drop-down menu.
  7. Optional: If desired, edit a coordinate value to fine-tune the position.
    Note: This may be required if the tolerance to the part face is too large.
  8. Optional: For geometric nonlinear analysis, you can specify the loads as follower loads.
  9. Click OK.
    The load will be applied.

Imported Loads CSV File Format

CSV file format for importing Forces.

CSV file format fields

The CSV file contains one header row and one or more additional data rows. Data values are as follows:
  • X, Y and Z – Numeric values. Spatial location of the remote load.
  • Fx, Fy and Fz – Numeric values. Force component values in X, Y and Z directions.
  • Load case – (optional) String value. Only required if multiple load cases are present

Example CSV file

X,Y,Z,Fx,Fy,Fz,Load case