About the Topology Optimization User Interface

On the Applications tab, click Topology Optimization to open the Creo Topology Optimization tool.

Home tab

• Model Setup

◦ Loads

▪ Force/Moment—Creates a force/moment load.

▪ Pressure—Creates a pressure load.

▪ Gravity—Creates a gravity load.

▪ Centrifugal—Creates a centrifugal load.

▪ Temperature—Creates a structural temperature load.

▪ Heat—Creates a heat load.

◦ Constraints

▪ Displacement—Creates a displacement constraint.

▪ Planar—Creates a planar constraint.

▪ Pin—Creates a pin constraint.

▪ Ball—Creates a ball constraint.

▪ Prescribed Temperature—Creates a prescribed temperature constraint.

▪ Convection Condition—Creates a convection condition constraint.

◦ Surface Region—Creates a surface region.

◦ Volume Region

▪ Extrude—Uses an extrude for the volume region.

▪ Revolve—Uses a revolve for the volume region.

▪ Sweep—Uses a sweep for the volume region.

▪ Helical Sweep—Uses a helical sweep for the volume region.

▪ Blend—Uses a blend for the volume region.

▪ Rotational Blend—Uses a rotational blend for the volume region.

▪ Swept Blend—Uses a swept blend for the volume region.

▪ Quilt—Uses a quilt for the volume region.

◦ Materials—Defines materials.

◦ Material Assignment—Assigns materials to a model or a volume.

◦ Material Orientations—Defines material orientations.

• Optimization Setup

◦ Analyses—Defines an FEM analysis.

◦ Topology Region—Creates a topology region.

◦ Design Objective—Creates a design objective.

◦ Design Constraint—Creates a design constraint.

• Mesh

◦ Mesh—Creates a mesh representation of the model made of finite elements.

◦ Control

▪ Maximum Element Size—Creates a maximum element size mesh control.

▪ Minimum Element Size—Creates a minimum element size mesh control.

▪ Hard Point—Creates a hard point mesh control.

▪ Hard Curve—Creates a hard curve mesh control.

▪ Hard Surface—Creates a hard surface mesh control.

▪ Edge Distribution—Creates an edge distribution mesh control.

▪ Displacement Coordinate System—Creates a displacement coordinate system mesh control.

▪ Mapped Mesh—Creates a mapped mesh control.

▪ Mesh Numbering—Creates a mesh numbering control.

◦ Review Geometry—Reviews the geometry.

◦ Diagnostics—Shows diagnostics details while creating the mesh and running the model.

◦ Improve—Improves the quality of the finite element mesh.

◦ Check Elements—Checks the quality of the finite element mesh.

◦ Review—Reviews the mesh components.

◦ Erase—Erases a mesh from memory.

◦ Open FEM Mesh—Retrieves a finite element mesh.

◦ Save FEM Mesh—Stores a finite element mesh.

• Optimization Study

◦ Optimization Study—Creates a topology optimization study.

• Close

◦ Close—Exit Creo Topology Optimization.

Results tab

• Response Types

◦ Responses—Selects the response type to show its topology optimization results and analysis results.

▪ Topology Element Density

▪ Displacement

▪ Element Stress

▪ Element Strain

▪ Element Strain Energy

▪ Grid Stress

▪ Reaction Force

▪ Mode Shape

▪ Temperature

◦ Design Cycles slider and spin box—Shows the topology optimization results for the design cycle that corresponds to the cycle number. You can view the results one cycle at a time.

Density Isosurface—Available when Topology Element Density is selected.

◦ Isosurfaces

▪ Isosurface—Shows the optimization study results as a topology density isosurface.

▪ Isosurface with Topology Region—Shows the topology region on top of the isosurface display in opaque color.

◦ Density Cutoff slider and spin box—Constructs the topology isosurface using this density value as the cutoff. A surface is generated throughout the model wherever the element density equals this cutoff value. The surface encloses all regions where the density is greater than the cutoff value.

• Response Options—Available when any response other than Topology Element Density is selected.

◦ Analysis—Selects an analysis that corresponds with the selected response.

◦ Component—Selects a response component.

◦ Modes—Selects the mode number of the natural frequency.

• Color Mesh

◦ Color Fills

▪ Filled Elements—Shows each element in a color based on the element’s result value.

▪ Filled Contours—Shows each element in a color based on the element’s result value, and fills in the contour lines based on grid result values.

◦ Element Masking Upper Cutoff slider and box—Hides elements that have a value above the upper cutoff.

◦ Element Masking Lower Cutoff slider and box—Hides elements that have a value below the lower cutoff.

• Deform Types—Available for structural and modal results

◦ Deform

▪ Undeformed—Shows the results without deformation.

▪ Static—Shows the results as a static deformed shape.

▪ Oscillate—Shows the results as a deformed shape that is animated by scaling the displacements with a sine wave.

▪ Ramp—Shows the results as a deformed shape that is animated by scaling the displacements with a sawtooth wave that ramps the displacement from zero to the scale factor.

◦ Show Undeformed Shape—Shows the undeformed results on top of the deformed shape.

• Display

◦ Hide Elements with No Value—Hides elements that were not included in the topology optimization.

◦ Section—Shows a cross section of the model at a cutting plane that is perpendicular to the selected axis.

▪ No Section—Shows the model without a cross section.

▪ X Direction—Shows a cross section that is perpendicular to the x-axis.

▪ Y Direction—Shows a cross section that is perpendicular to the y-axis.

▪ Z Direction—Shows a cross section that is perpendicular to the z-axis.

◦ Section Upper Cutoff slider—Shows a cross section of the model from the positive axis direction.

◦ Section Lower Cutoff slider—Shows a cross section of the model from the negative axis direction.

• New Model

◦ Tessellated Model Only—Creates the new optimized model to include facet features.

◦ Geometry Reconstruction—Creates the new optimized model to include a full b-rep (boundary representation) surface.

• Close

◦ Close—Closes the Results tab.

In graphics toolbar

• Shading With Elements—Shows the model shaded and with finite element mesh.

• Shading—Shows the model shaded.

• Shading With Edges—Shows the model shaded and show edges.

Shortcut menus

Right-click a topology optimization study in the Model Tree to access shortcut menu commands:

• Delete—Deletes the topology optimization study.

• Run Optimization—Runs the topology optimization study.

• Abort Run—Stops running the optimization study.

• Show Status—Shows the status while the topology optimization study is running.

• Show Results—Loads the results of a topology optimization study.

• Propagate Geometry—Recreates the model geometry from the results of the topology optimization study.