Obtain the strain from the model analysis solution

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Hi all,
I did a model analysis by using PDE toolbox and obtained the solution (natural frequency; mode shape; mesh). However, I would like to get the strain from the result of the model analysis. I tried directly using the command "StrainRF=evaluateStrain(RF)", but it shows "Check for missing argument or incorrect argument data type in call to function 'evaluateStrain'." If there is any other method to get the strain from the model analysis result? I appreciate any assistance.

Answers (1)

Ravi Kumar
Ravi Kumar on 10 Jul 2020
Strain is in response to a applied loading. Modal analysis is a eigenvalue problem. So you won't be able to calculate strain from modal analysis. You might want to apply loading and solve a static/dynamic problem.
Amin Kassab-Bachi
Amin Kassab-Bachi on 11 Jan 2022
Edited: Amin Kassab-Bachi on 11 Jan 2022
You can calculate the nodal strain from nodal deformation but it's not straightforward, and it depends on the element type. My supervisor showed me the code he wrote for a couple element types but I still need to find a solution for my case. I came across your question because I'm having a similar problem. Please let us know if you find/write the code.

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