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4.12.15 PATRAN Files

Select PATRAN under File Type. Select the surface(s) for which you want to write data in the Surfaces list. If you do not select any surfaces, the entire domain is exported. You can specify which scalars you want in the Functions to Write list.

You have the option of selecting loads to be included in the exported file. When the Energy Equation is enabled under the Define/Models/Energy... menu option, you can choose the loads based on the kind of finite element analysis you intend to undertake. By selecting Structural in the Analysis list, you can select the following Structural Loads: Force, Pressure, and Temperature. By selecting Thermal in the Analysis list, you can select the following Thermal Loads: Temperature, Heat Flux, and Heat Trans Coeff. Note the following limitations with these loads:

You also have the option of exporting data at specified intervals during the calculation through the Solver/Execute Commands... menu option. See Section  4.12.18 for the complete details.

Click the Write... button to save the file, using the Select File dialog box. A neutral file (e.g., file.out) is written containing coordinates, connectivity, optional loads, zone groups, velocity, and selected scalars. Pressure is written as a distributed load. If wall zones are selected in the Surfaces list, nodal forces are written for the walls. The PATRAN result template file (e.g., file.res_tmpl) is written, which lists the scalars present in the nodal result file (e.g., file.rst).

file/export/patran-neutral file name list-of-surfaces () yes|no yes|no list-of-scalars q

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