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Hello everyone,


I want to create a script, which takes data from binary files (e.g. binout from LS-Dyna, it stores curve data), computes it (e.g. find the maximum value of a curve) and create a result file, which can be used in HyperView (e.g. as a result for a contour plot). To be more specific, I want to create a contour plot for spot weld elements, which contains maximum values (constant over time) of spot weld forces, which are given in a binary output file from LS-Dyna.


I did not find an easy solution for this task, therefor I tried to break it down. This describes my plan backwards from the finish to the start:

- To create a contour plot from custom data, I can use an XML file, which defines my datatype (see "HyperWorks Result Math/Creating New Datatypes")

- To access data, which will be used for the new datatype, I can create a TCL Plugin or use TCL commands respectively

- The data is contained in a binary file. I want to either use HW TCL commands to access the LS-Dyna binary output directly or use the commands to access an Altair Binary Format file (ABF), which might be easier

- If I want to use the ABF file, I have to translate the LS-Dyna binary output file via HGTRANS first


Further applications could be the storage of the computed values as *.csf file, therefor I am really interested in the reading of this data.


Since I am really new to this topic, I would need some opinions and tips for this.


Makes the whole process sense or is there an easier way?


Which TCL or HW TCL commands can I use to access data in a binary file (LS-Dyna Binout or ABF)?


Thank you.


Update 1:

I wrote a script to access curves, which are plotted in HyperGraph, and store them in a database array. Then I write the data into a CSV file, to evaluate it with Excel.

I think this was the easy part.


The next question is, how do I read curve data from binary files? Can anyone help?


Edited by moeller

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If there is an easier solution, I am happy to try it.


I can read the Binout file with HyperGraph and plot the curves. Each curve describes a value for an element. That works fine and that is the normal process. But I want to work with the maximum values of each element, since this is what needs to be checked during post processing.


I would like to have this data in some kind of table, where for each spot weld element the different maximum forces (axial, shear, moment) are available. On the one hand I could use this data for a contour plot or to query it quickly for evaluation.


Therefor I tried to figure out, where to get this data from. I don't need the curves, but maybe I have to open them first to process them into the table I am looking for. The other option, the one I described in my first post, is to read the data directly from the Binout file.

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Well that is what I meant initially. I think it is possible, to write it all in TCL and XML as described in my first post.

When you said, HV can export max values, I thought you meant there exists a function, I did not find before.


But to create a TCL script for it, is what I meant with


- To access data, which will be used for the new datatype, I can create a TCL Plugin or use TCL commands respectively


I found commands and scripts, which work with curve data, which is opened in HyperGraph.

If anyone knows how to access curve data directly from binary files, I would love to know it.

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