Element Properties dialog-box.

Element Properties are read-only.

The properties are at the Master Machine Angle.

The Element Properties dialog-box shows the element's kinematic motion-values and if available, its kinetostatic force values.

Elements with motion-values are:

Wire, Part, Pin-Joint, Slide-Joint, Point, Line, Circle, Arc, Cam...

The Element Properties dialog-box shows:

Element Name, Element's Part, Element's Mechanism
Properties:
oV:  a Vector
o :  a Real Number
o|n| : Absolute Real Number
oX, Y, ΔX, ΔY, Θ, ω, α, ΔΘ, Δω, Δα

How to Open the Element Properties dialog-box

In the graphic-area:

Ctrlb-sm + Click an element.

[Read-Only] Element Properties dialog-box

tog_minus'Wire' Element Properties dialog

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GA-EditProperties-Wire

CTRL+Click a wire

A wire has a maximum of 3 Data Channels

In the example: in the Motion FB the Output Data-Type is Rotary.

At the top of the dialog you can see the wire Element's Name, and the Element's Part and Element's Mechanism.

In this example:

Property: Angle, Angular Velocity, Angular Acceleration, Data-Type
Data-Type: is Rotary Coordinates

tog_minusPart Element Properties dialog

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GA-EditProperties-Part

CTRL + Click a Part-Outline

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Kinematic: Angle of Part in Mechanism Plane, Angular Velocity or Part in Mechanism Plane
Instant Centre: The Part has an instant Centre of rotation: X and Y coordinates of the instant-Centre in Mechanism Coordinates

Part has Mass

Centroid: X and Y coordinated of Centre of Mass
Mass: Value
Inertia: Value
Mobility: -1 if kinematically solved

tog_minusPin-Joint Element Properties dialog

Dialog-ElementProperties-Pin-Joint

GA-EditProperties-PinJoint

CTRL+Click a Pin-Joint

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Power On: True or False (T or F) - if the Pin-Joint has the Power Source - see Configure Power Source
Broken: True or False (T or F) - if the Joint does not solved [Broken] at this instant in the machine-cycle
Solved : True or False (T or F) - if the Joint is a child to a kinematically-defined chain
Bearing Force
oFx and Fy ; Vectors in Mechanism Coordinates
Torque
oTz ; Vector normal to Mechanism Plane (if the Pin-Joint is the Power Source)

tog_minusSlide-Joint Element Properties dialog

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CTRL+Click a Slide-Joint

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Power On: True or False (T or F) - if the Power Source is given to this Pin-Joint - see Configure Power Source
Broken: True or False (T or F) - if the Joint does not solved Broken] at this instant in the machine-cycle
Solved : True or False (T or F) - if the Joint is a child to a kinematically-defined chain
Drive Force
oFx ; Force along positive direction of Slide-Joint (if the Power Source is the Slide-Joint

tog_minusPoint Element Properties dialog

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In this case, CTRL+Click a Point at the end of Part in a four-bar Mechanism.

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Part Pos: Position of the Point; Part Coordinates
Mech Pos: Position of the Point; Mechanism Coordinates
Glob Position: Position of the Point; Global Coordinates (Z does not show!)
Velocity, Acceleration Vectors
oi,j: the coordinates of the Velocity / Acceleration Vector, X and Y directions; Mechanism Coordinates
o|n|: the magnitude of the Velocity / Acceleration Vector
oΘ: the direction of the velocity Vector; Mechanism Coordinates

See also: Double-click a Point to show the Point Vectors and Position dialog-box.

tog_minusLine Element Properties dialog

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In this case, CTRL+Click a Line.

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Line Data:
oΔx, Δy : the change in x and y from the Line's start-Point and end-Point
o|n|: the length of the Line
oΘ: the angle of the Line relative to the Mechanism Coordinates
Kinematic:
oω : angular velocity of the Line
oα : angular acceleration of the Line

tog_minusCircle Element Properties dialog

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CTRL+Click a Circle.

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Radius:
o|n|: the Radius of the Circle
Centre:
ox & y : the position of the centre of the Circle in Mechanism Coordinates

tog_minusArc Element Properties dialog

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Dialog-ElementProperties-Arc2

CTRL+Click an Arc.

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Radius:
o|n|: the Radius of the Circle
Centre:
ox & y : the position of the centre of the Arc in Mechanism Coordinates
Start
ox & y : the position of the start-Point of the Arc in Mechanism Coordinates
oΘ : the angle of the start-Point from the centre of the Arc
End
ox & y, the position of the end-Point of the Arc in Mechanism Coordinates
oΘ : the angle of the end-Point from the centre of the Arc

tog_minusCam Element Properties dialog

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CTRL+Click a 2D-Cam.

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Contact 1 & 2:

ox & y: the coordinates of the contact Point of Cam 1 and 2

Pressure Angle 1 & 2:

oΘ : the Pressure Angle of the Roller with Cam 1 and 2

Curvature 1 & 2:

o|n|  : the Curvature of Cam 1 and 2

Force

oFx & Fy : the Contact Force of the Cam on the Roller, given in the X and Y directions, with Mechanism Coordinates

tog_minusPolyline Element Properties dialog

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CTRL+Click a Gear-Pair

At the top of the dialog you can see the Element's Name, the Element's Part, and the Element's Mechanism.

Property:

Count
o|n|: number of facets to the Polyline (*100?)

 

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