Element Properties dialog-box.

'Read-Only'

The Element Properties dialog-box [Properties of the Element] shows the element's kinematic motion-values and if available, its kinetostatic force values, at the Master Machine Angle.

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 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:

CTRL+Click an element

[Read-Only] Element Properties dialog-box

tog_minus        'Wire' Element Properties dialog

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1.CTRL+Click a wire

A wire has a maximum of 3 Data Channels

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

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

In this example:

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

tog_minus        Part Element Properties dialog

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In this case, 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

When the Part has Mass

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

tog_minus        Pin-Joint Element Properties dialog

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In this case, CTRL+Click a Pin-Joint 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:

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 in the kinematic-chain is '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_minus        Slide-Joint Element Properties dialog

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In this case, CTRL+Click a Pin-Joint 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:

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 in the kinematic-chain is '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_minus        Point 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 appear!)
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_minus        Line 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_minus        Circle Element Properties dialog

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In this case, 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_minus        Arc Element Properties dialog

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In this case, 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_minus        Cam Element Properties dialog

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In this case, CTRL+Click a 2DCam.

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 Coordiantes

tog_minus        Polyline Element Properties dialog

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In this case, 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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