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Solving a Model (FEM Mode)
After you mesh your model, you can solve it using an FEA solver and then, in most cases, review the results within Creo Simulate. Following is a list of the tasks you complete.
Exporting and reviewing the model—You export and review a model to examine its mesh quality, how loads and constraints apply to the mesh, verify materials, and so forth. We recommend this step before using the exported deck with an outside solver or running a FEM analysis within Creo Simulate. While this step is optional, it provides you the advantage of reviewing the mesh and model to ensure that you are satisfied before committing to a lengthier solver run.
Running an analysis—You run an analysis by outputting your model, including one or more analysis definitions, to one of the supported FEA solvers or by starting a supported solver from within Creo Simulate.
FEA solvers create a mathematical approximation of the model, its boundary conditions, and its loads. It then analyzes the structural or thermal integrity of the model based on the analysis you specified and the way you defined the simulation features, materials, and mesh.
In FEM mode, you can perform online runs with the NASTRAN and ANSYS solvers from within Creo Simulate, or run either of these solvers in the background. In FEM mode you can also output to NASTRAN or ANSYS decks for use outside Creo Simulate or output the model as a neutral file.
After you run your analyses, you can import the solved model into the postprocessor and review the results. You can examine such graphical renditions of model behavior as fringe plots, animations, and graphs, define FEA parameters for your results, review analysis statistics, and look at results information at particular points in your model.