Saving and Retrieving Normal Modes Analysis ResultsOptiStruct allows Normal Modes Analysis results to be retrieved for use in Frequency Response Analysis orTransient Response Analysis using the modal method. Thus, multiple dynamic loading analyses can beperformed using the eigenvalue results of a single normal modes analysis.The following input I/O options and subcase information section entries may be used for this purpose: • EIGVSAVE • EIGVRETRIEVE • EIGVNAME • Saving Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors from a Normal Modes AnalysisEIGVSAVE is a subcase information entry that, if used within a normal modes analysis subcase, causes theeigenvalues and eigenvectors of that subcase to be written to an external data file. The external data file willuse the default output file prefix unless the EIGVNAME I/O option is present, followed by an underscore,followed then by the EIGVSAVE integer argument and the extension .eigv.For example, the input: EIGVNAME = test_file $ Subcase 10 spc = 1 method = 20 EIGVSAVE = 50will save the eigenvector and eigenvalue results from a normal modes analysis to the file"test_file_50.eigv."Retrieving Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors for a Modal Frequency Response Analysis or for a ModalTransient AnalysisEIGVRETRIEVE is a subcase information entry that, if used within a modal frequency response analysis or amodal transient response analysis subcase, retrieves eigenvalues and eigenvectors from external data files.EIGVRETRIEVE may have multiple integer arguments, each referring to a different external data file. Theexternal data files must have the default output file prefix unless EIGVNAME I/O option is present, followed byan underscore, followed then by the EIGVRETRIEVE integer argument and the extension .eigv.For example, the following input can be used in a frequency response analysis subcase using the modalmethod to retrieve the eigenvalues and eigenvectors that were saved in the example above: EIGVNAME = test_file $ Subcase 40 Spc = 1 Dload = 30 Method = 20 EIGVRETRIEVE = 50Combining Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors from Two or More Normal Modes Analyses for a SingleModal Frequency Response or Modal Transient Response AnalysisThe results of two or more normal modes analyses can be retrieved in combination for a modal frequencyresponse analysis.For example, a normal modes analysis is performed with the real eigenvalue extraction (EIGRL) data: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 50.0The results are written to an external data file as follows:
EIGVNAME = test_file $ Subcase 10 spc = 1 method = 20 EIGVSAVE = 50In this case, all of the eigenmodes up to 50 Hz have been calculated and written to the file"test_file_50.eigv."In order to perform a modal frequency response analysis with all of the modes up to 70 Hz, another normalmodes analysis can be performed with the real eigenvalue extraction data: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 50.0 70.0This time, the results are written to an external data file as follows: EIGVNAME = test_file $ subcase 10 spc = 1 method = 20 EIGVSAVE = 70All eigenmodes between 50 Hz and 70 Hz are written to the file "test_file_70.eigv."You can now run a modal transient response analysis with: EIGVNAME = test_file $ subcase 40 spc = 1 dload = 30 method 20 tstep(time) = 100 EIGVRETRIEVE = 50, 70The real eigenvalue extraction data referenced in the modal transient response analysis subcase must notrequest eigenvalue and eigenvector results outside of the range of retrieved values. If it does, OptiStruct willterminate with an error. In this example, the following EIGRL cards are valid: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0.0 70.0 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0.0 50.0 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 30.0 40.0The following EIGRL cards would cause error terminations for this example: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0 100.0 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
EIGRL 20 50.0 70.01It is recommended to use a frequency range without the maximum number of modes on the EIGRL bulk dataentries referenced in normal modes analyses from which eigenvalue results are saved. If the maximumnumber of modes is specified and these eigenvalue results are retrieved by a modal frequency responseanalysis, and it cannot be determined whether all of the modes are obtained for the requested range,OptiStruct will terminate with an error.For example, assume there are exactly 300 modes in the frequency range 0.0 to 5.0.0 Hz. Now assume thata normal modes analysis is performed referencing the EIGRL bulk data entry. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0.0 50.0 300The eigenvectors and eigenvalues are saved as follows: EIGVNAME = test_file $ Subcase 10 spc = 1 method = 20 EIGVSAVE = 50All 300 modes in the range of 0 to 50.0 Hz are extracted and saved to the file "test_file_50.eigv."Now we try to retrieve these results to use in a modal frequency response analysis as follows: EIGVNAME = test_file $ subcase 40 spc = 1 dload = 30 method 20 EIGVRETRIEVE = 50where the referenced EIGRL definition is: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0.0 50.0This will cause an error termination because we know (through the external data file) that there are 300modes within the 0.0 to 50.0 Hz range, but do not know if this is all of the modes.If the EIGRL definition referenced in the normal modes analysis were specified as: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) EIGRL 20 0.0 50.0 301and only 300 modes were found, we would know that these are all of the modes within the 0.0 to 50.0 Hzrange, and would retrieve the saved eigenvalue results in this case. OptiStruct would not terminate with anerror.