Design Violations Table
If you click on the Design Violations button, the Design Violations table is displayed. Violations are categorized by type, including:
Each tab in the table displays the number of violations of that type in parentheses.
Displacement constraints are used during optimization to limit the deflection of an optimized design. They are applied using the Apply Displacement Constraints tool on the Disps icon.
After running an optimization, callouts are shown in the modeling window at each location where a displacement constraint was violated. The callout notes the amount by which the constraint was exceeded; or if there are multiple violations at the same location, this is indicated instead. Note that the callout points to where the displacement constraint was located at the time of the optimization run, even if the part has since been moved.
Click on a callout to display the Design Violations table. The violations corresponding to the location of the selected callout are highlighted in the table. Similarly, selecting a displacement constraint in the table will highlight the corresponding callout.
Bound indicates the upper or lower bound for the displacement constraint as originally defined. Achieved lists the amount of deflection that was actually achieved for the given Constraint and Load Case. Part displays the name of the part to which the displacement constraint was applied.
For displacement constraints with both an upper and a lower bound, Diagram shows whether the displacement constraint was violated in the positive or negative direction. For older models, a diagram may not be available, in which case it will be listed as Unknown.
Stress constraints are used when your optimization objective is to minimize mass and are defined in terms of a minimum safety factor. They are applied using the Run Optimization window, which is accessed by clicking Run Optimization on the Optimize icon.
If you apply a stress constraint and the optimization is unable to achieve the minimum safety factor, then the constraint is violated and is shown in the Design Violations table.
The type of Constraint in this case is always a safety factor, and the value for Minimum Desired is the safety factor used for the optimization that produced the violation.
Mass targets are used to specify the amount of material to keep when your optimization objective is to maximize stiffness. They are applied using the Run Optimization window, which is accessed by clicking Run Optimization on the Optimize icon.
If you apply a mass target and the optimization is unable to achieve it, then the mass constraint is violated and is shown in the Design Violations table.
Target indicates the type of mass target selected for the optimization run, while Desired displays the target value. Achieved lists the mass that was actually achieved for the given Part. If you specify mass targets for each design space, then the part names will appear under the Part column.
Note that the value shown in the Achieved column applies to the result as initially shown after optimization, when the topology slider in the Shape Explorer was positioned at the star. If you add or subtract material using the topology slider, the mass achieved may no longer apply.
Frequency constraints are used to control the frequency at which an optimized part vibrates. They are applied using the Run Optimization window, which is accessed by clicking Run Optimization on the Optimize icon.
If you apply a minimum frequency constraint and the optimization is unable to achieve it for one or more of the selected modes, then the target is violated and is shown in the Design Violations table.
Minimum Desired indicates the value specified for the frequency constraint as defined in the Run Optimization window. Achieved lists the frequency that was actually achieved for the given Mode.