Part 1 - Part 2
Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh. And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is part 2 in the series and will discuss a couple of advanced options.
Node Plot vs. Element PlotHave you ever wondered what those advanced options are for in your Stress Plot Property Manager? There are two advanced options that we find when we are creating or editing the definition of a stress plot. You can see them below, labeled Node Values and Element Values, and they provide some pretty different-looking results.
Node Values Element Values
The stress plot that displays Nodal Values appears smooth, while the stress plot that displays Element Values appears rough. To understand these different appearances, let's explain the differences between nodal and element stresses.