AutoPIPE performs the following types of Dynamic analysis:
Each of these dynamic analysis stores user data and settings in something refer to as STORAGE FILE. Each dynamic analysis has its out storage file formatting and file extension. See the following for a list or file extensions:
For all AutoPIPE versions:
1. File name will continue to be limited to 8 characters (DOS format) not including the file extension.
2. All Storage Files will keep data using English Units. However, these files will convert to appropriate units based on the model input unit system on the GUI.
Example, General model options model input / Export units are set to SI:
When viewing the Time History Profile with in the program, the Force is in Newtons:
However when viewing the actual TIH file, the units are (LB force):
Therefore, if the STORAGE FILEs were to be manually created in a text editor the files must meet the format and value are in the correct units as documented in the online help.
Please see the following AutoPIPE help section: Help > Contents> Search Tab> enter "(enter text from below)" (include the quotes), press List Topics button, double click on the selected topic from the list provided to see more information.
Creating an ASCII Spectrum File
Limitation: A maximum of 5000 points in a single spectrum file.
Creating an ASCII Time History (TIH) File
Creating an ASCII Time History Load File (THL)
Creating an ASCII Force Spectrum Load Case File
Creating an ASCII Harmonic Load File
In order to understand the English Units, please open the following file found in the AutoPIPE installation folder using any text editor (i.e. NotePAD, Ultra Edit, MS Word, etc..):
Default location = C:\ Bentley\ AutoPIPE V8i SELECTseries\ ENGLISH.UNT
Find the type of item in the right most column and scan left on the respective line to find the UNITS that value is reported in:
Acceleration units = in / s / s