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Plotting Grid
When you define an analysis, you specify the refinement of the plotting grid over which Creo Simulate reports displacement and stress results for static and modal analyses and temperature gradient, and flux results for steady-state thermal analyses. The value you specify determines the number of intervals along each edge of each element that Creo Simulate uses to create plotting grids. Creo Simulate calculates quantity values at the intersections of grid lines.
Use the following strategies for specifying the plotting grid refinement:
Enter a number from 2 to 10 to determine the level of detail used to report results of the analysis.
The default plotting grid refinement of 4 is often adequate. But when you find from a previous run that stresses or fluxes vary rapidly over a single element, specify a higher refinement to more accurately capture the peak results.
For a higher plotting grid refinement, the engine requires a greater amount of computation time and a significantly greater amount of disk space for its output files. In addition, viewing results is more time-consuming.
* If you enter a higher number, the grid will be finer, and Creo Simulate reports values from more locations on each element. At lower numbers, results are calculated faster, and the data takes up significantly less space. The default is 4.
For models consisting primarily of beams, set the plotting grid refinement to 10 for the highest possible resolution. For these problems, the overhead of the finer plotting grid is negligible.
Creo Simulate reports precise results for each grid intersection point and interpolates these values to show results elsewhere.