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Structural Options for Material Definition
You define an isotropic material for materials such as steel. For materials such as wood or fiber-reinforced composite, you define an orthotropic or transversely isotropic material.
Different options appear on the Structural tab, depending on the material symmetry you select:
Isotropic—a material with an infinite number of planes of material symmetry, making the properties equal in all directions. You enter a single value for each property.
Orthotropic—a material with symmetry relative to three mutually perpendicular planes. You enter three values for each property.
Transversely Isotropic—a material with rotational symmetry about an axis. The properties are equal for all directions in one plane, the plane of isotropy. You enter two values for each property—one for the plane of isotropy, and one for the remaining principal material direction.
These symmetries are independent for Structure and Thermal. A material may have both isotopic structural properties and orthotropic thermal properties.
The Creo Parametric default material library contains isotropic materials only.
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