Requesting Output

The software automatically saves results of the analysis to the current working directory in a folder with the same name as the structure. These outputs generally fit in one of the following categories:

  • Analysis Files: These are the files created automatically by Abaqus. These include .cae, .odb, and various Abaqus input and log files.

  • Numerical Results: The software automatically processes the ODB and producess a suitable report in a tabular format. For batch analyses, this is done for each structure and an additional report is created which summarizes the results of all models.

  • Graphic Results: These are pictures of the structure before, after, and during analysis. They also include plots of the numerical results.

  • Exported Model: The created model can be exported in STL and STP formats. These can then be used in a variety of CAD software or additive manufacturing processors. The loading ribbons can have a new and separate width to accomodate testing and planar shell models are extruded by a given amount.

Requesting Output using the GUI

All of the mentioned outputs can be seen the Post-Processing and Results tab of the GUI which is seen in :numref:``. Note that the API offers a more complete list of options and finer control over them.

The Post-Processing and Results tab.

Fig. 12 The Post-Processing and Results tab.

Requesting Output using the API

Output requests are defined by defining a OutputParams object. A list of all attributes and their significance can be found in classes.auxetic_structure_params.OutputParams. An example is shown below:

# Define the output_params object.
# Undefined attributes default to None.
output_params = OutputParams(
    result_folder_name     = None,
    save_cae               = True,
    save_odb               = True,
    save_job_files         = True,
    export_extrusion_depth = 5.0 ,
    export_ribbon_width    = 4.0 ,
    export_stl             = True,
    export_stp             = True