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Daniel McCrum

OpenFresco 3D Model Query

I am currently running ‘soft’ real-time hybrid tests on a cantilever column similar to the local Portal Frame example in the OpenFresco 2.6 examples. The system is an MTS system comprising of Simulink Host PC, xPC Target PC, MTS 493 Real-time Controller, STS Controller PC and a 150kN MTS high speed actuator. I have a couple of queries as follows:

Query 1: When I run a simulation in 3D in OpenFresco, the reaction at the base of the experimental element is zero in all directions. The experimental element is a steel cantilever column. The initial stiffness matrix I am using for the experimental beam element is a 6×6 matrix for a fixed-pinned element. I tried changing the node numbers to see if the orientation was incorrect and I also tried changing the stiffness matrix to fixed-fixed and the result remained the same. The period of the structure changed as would be expected when the connections were changed to fixed-fixed. I was successful in running a 3D model and the reaction at the base node of experimental element as would be expected, even though the simulation gave no reaction. Is this a possible bug?

Query 2: After a number of days running 3D ‘soft’ real-time hybrid tests, without making any changes, the test stopped running. I ran models of previous tests that worked in 3D, but no scramnet command displacement was being sent to the STS Controller PC. The digital readouts for scramnet command were zero. I then ran 2D hybrid tests with success indicating the communication was working, but then could not run 3D tests. I can not explain this. Hopefully it is just a local issue.

If anyone has encountered these issues before, I would be grateful for your help.

Many thanks


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