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Material Database / Re: Results deleted after changing Material
« Last post by Stephen on Today at 08:00:40 AM »
Hi Jan,

It looks like you've correctly identified what happened. When "renaming" a project, a new TEMP folder is made for that project, but not populated with the old TEMP files.

This was a simplification to reduce the overhead of having to rename TEMP files (many of which are named specifically with their corresponding project name). I do understand the why this is not ideal, however. I've put in a request for our developers to evaluate possible solutions on our end.

Scripting / Re: Generating Effective and Discrete Laminates
« Last post by danvic on Yesterday at 11:49:15 AM »
Was this feature implemented since the last reply to this thread? Just confirming since I couldn't find this mentioned in the release notes history and current scripting documentation.

Material Database / Re: Results deleted after changing Material
« Last post by JanPio on Yesterday at 10:56:35 AM »
Hi Stephen,
sorry, the reason for deleted results was actually not the material change, which was only the last action I did before losing results.
The actual reason was renaming the project, I've just tested it again. To reproduce:
  • Sizing of a project.
  • Project Form --> Stress Reports --> Excel Spreadsheet --> Works
  • Right click on project --> Rename project --> Change name --> OK
  • Prompt to delete the folder with the old project name --> No
  • Project Form --> Stress Reports --> Excel Spreadsheet --> Message that I need to do a sizing first before creating reports
  • Close database --> renaming old project folder to match new name --> open database again --> Still no report possible to create

So for future releases, is it possible to keep all the features when renaming a project?
Workaround: renaming the project back to the old name brought back the stress report, but I guess only if I do not confirm to delete the old folder (which I always did, expecting the new project folder holds all the information needed for reports).

Miscellaneous Software Topics / Compact Database - Assembly Project Manager
« Last post by martinjb on August 14, 2018, 11:35:03 AM »
I have recently been investigating the Assembly Project Manager and how it could be implemented within our processes.

My initial database has a file size in the order of 500,000kb.

If i create a set of 5 assembly projects at a major assembly level (front/rear fuse, wing etc.) i get databases that are the same size as the original (500,000kb) and therefore 5 x 500Mb = 2.5Gb of disk space used.

If use the button Add Project per Assembly in the Assembly Project Manager and i have 40 assemblies the total disk spce that i have used is 20Gb.

Looking at the 5 new assembly projects that i created at the major assembly level, if I go into each database and compact them, I reduce the total disk space to 183Mb.

Is this the only way to ensure that the minimum space is taken on the disk, by compacting individual databases or is there a toggle/backdoor switch that compacts a database automatically as it is being created?

Also when compacting a database what is being compacted/removed?  Is it all the designs that haven't met the defined criteria being removed?  What would you say is the correct practice for compacting a database?  After each run? Over a certain size? Or ....

Sorry if there are too many questions in one post


Sometimes you import a model with 1 or more sections, but you want to include more components.

There are two ways to do it: update your input file with more components
Or use the FEM viewer (create components using FEM Viewer (by element))

But when you have a model with 1000 elements the second option is nearly impossible.

It would be nice if you could select by surface angle or other options.

Material Database / Re: Results deleted after changing Material
« Last post by Stephen on August 10, 2018, 09:02:13 AM »

I'm a little confused about the behavior you're describing. Are you saying that making a change in the sizing form and saving has caused the TEMP files to be deleted for that project? That would be very surprising, so if it is repeatable we would want to address that.

Regardless of the cause, if the TEMP files for the project are gone, the only way to generate reports is to analyze the project (or relevant assemblies) again.

A limited amount of results (such as minimum margins of safety) is stored in the database, which is why you are able to see some of this data. But the majority of the information needed to generate reports lives in the TEMP files.

Hope this helps,
Material Database / Results deleted after changing Material
« Last post by JanPio on August 03, 2018, 06:18:41 AM »
Hi again,
I currently face this problem: I changed a material setting, just for a moment, so at the end the material had the same settings again, but I had saved it in between.
Now my sizings (HyperFEA Iteration results) are deleted are not available for reports anymore for all projects that used this material.
I can still click "Run ANSYS" and see the iteration graph, and I see results such as Unit Weight in the FEM-Viewer.
But I cannot create reports anymore and all the dimensions in the sizing tab are grey. The project folder that belongs to the project only contains an empty folder "FEM", nothing else is left.
(BTW, why do I still see results in the FEM-Viewer if the project folder is empty?)
Is it possible to get the reports back?
Miscellaneous Software Topics / Re: Sizing in Background
« Last post by JanPio on August 02, 2018, 03:09:30 AM »
viewing-only should be enough in most of the cases, thanks!
Miscellaneous Software Topics / Re: Sizing in Background
« Last post by Brent on August 01, 2018, 10:41:16 AM »
Hi Jan,

One way to view the project is to open another instance of HyperSizer while the "Analyze/Size" process is running. However, we do not recommend doing this because any changes saved to the project during the "Analyze/Size" process can result in database errors.

Being diligent to only operate in a view only mode while the HyperSizer analysis process is running should not cause issues. What we mean by "view only mode" includes plotting dimensions, analysis results and reviewing sizing form inputs. Another important note is to close the second database before the "analyze/size" process is finished.

Thanks for the feedback.

Miscellaneous Software Topics / Sizing in Background
« Last post by JanPio on August 01, 2018, 08:07:37 AM »
is it possible to run a single sizing in background, i.e. in a separate window? HyperSizer is not usable during the "Analyze/Size"-Process started from the project window, and this sometimes takes an hour.
Using HyperFEA, it opens a separate window, but a single sizing is no option there: either sizing/UpdateFEM/sizing or UpdateFEM/sizing (which of course requires a sizing before).
I need the results after the first sizing, for the original FEM.
If not, I suggest to implement this in the next version.
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