In examples/large_deformation/hyperelastic.py a rotation by displacements is applied. By using a similar function the vectors defining the force couples could be defined for dw_surface_ltr (IMHO). Does it make sense?
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Subject: Torque
Date: Sat, Dec 18, 2010 05:10
What is the best way to apply a torque load to a model?
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I am currrently looking for FEM packages to help me solve a system of
beams and columns, basically a collection of 1D bernoulli/timoshenko
line elements.
I started reading SfePy docs and i am getting the idea that doing the
above is not really possible here, am i right?
Are only 2D area elements permitted in SfePy?
Or is there any direct support for solving 1D line elements too..
Cheers
Nimish

Dear SfePy users,
Is it possible to evaluate a solution not only in the FEM mesh node, but in
any arbitrary point in the domain with the given (x, y, z) coordinates?
For example, consider Dirichlet problem for Poisson equation. We apply
essential boundary conditions on the surface nodes and after the problem
has been solved we have the solution vector, i.e. vector of values in the
FEM mesh nodes. But I want to know the solution in point v(x, y, z) that is
not FEM mesh node. What is the best way to obtain solution in this point v?
Sincerely,
Alec Kalinin

Hello sfepy developers and users!
I am modelling a simple linear elastic sheet under isotropic stress with
an elliptical hole in the center (and I have it working under sfepy,
great little platform!).
It is obvious the model should initially yield more easily in the
direction of the short axis of the ellipse. What is not so obvious to me
is what should happen in the limit as stress goes to infinity. Part of
me wants to believe that the hole should eventually become a circular,
but the results of the simulation show that the ellipse eventually
switches its aspect ratio with what was the the short axis becoming the
long axis and vice-versa.
My question is whether:
A: The finite element result is the product of a
small-displacement/non-moving mesh artifact (and if so, if there is a
way to get the correct behavior using sfepy...)
OR
B: My intuition about the physical behavior of this ideal system is
incorrect and the ellipse really wouldn't round out into a circle under
increasingly large stress (aka, the FE model is still physical/correct
with large displacements).
This might be obvious to people who have done more finite element
modeling than I have, but thanks anyway! I'm attaching a picture to make
it easier to see at a glance (quarter-ellipse with x and y symmetry
boundary conditions and equal tractions applied at the top and right
boundaries).
Thanks!
-David Mashburn

I'm working on modeling a next-generation X-ray mirror for which the
shape can be actively controlled by use of many thin piezo-electric
actuators mounted on the mirror surface. The mirror is basically a
glass conical paraboloid with a 1 meter radius and 200 micron
thickness (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray_optics). Our
project is currently using a proprietary FEA package, but the model
setup and turnaround time is slow, in part because there is only one
part-time engineer who can run it.
SfePy looks like a great package and we're hoping that it could be
used to automate running a large number of different cases. I've
spent some time reading the documentation but I have a few questions
that I hope can be answered before going too much further. I want to
apologize in advance if some of my wording is imprecise, I have a
physics background but this topic is a bit outside my realm...
- Is SfePy appropriate for this problem?
- If a specify a grid with about 800 x 400 points (azimuthal, axial)
and about 10 boundary conditions (corresponding to mount points), what
is the rough order of magnitude of time to compute the solution? Is
it seconds, minutes, hours, or days?
- The linear elastic examples show a problem with a specified
displacement. How do I specify an input force? The piezo essentially
provides a tensile force along the surface.
- Is there a way to specify the problem and solve in cylindrical
coordinates? This is the natural coordinate system.
- How do I specify 6-DOF constraints which correspond to the mirror
mounts?
Thanks in advance for any help!
Tom Aldcroft

I am pleased to announce release 2013.1 of SfePy.
Description
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SfePy (simple finite elements in Python) is a software for solving
systems of coupled partial differential equations by the finite element
method. The code is based on NumPy and SciPy packages. It is distributed
under the new BSD license.
Home page: http://sfepy.org
Downloads, mailing list, wiki: http://code.google.com/p/sfepy/
Git (source) repository, issue tracker: http://github.com/sfepy
Highlights of this release
--------------------------
- unified use of stationary and evolutionary solvers
- new implicit adaptive time stepping solver
- elements of set and nodes of set region selectors
- simplified setting of variables data
For full release notes see http://docs.sfepy.org/doc/release_notes.html#id1
(rather long and technical).
Best regards,
Robert Cimrman and Contributors (*)
(*) Contributors to this release (alphabetical order):
Vladimír Lukeš, Matyáš Novák