DPF: time scoping in non-linear plastic structural analysis

tdarling Member Posts: 3
First Comment

I am new to the pyANSYS framework. Using ANSYS 2023 R2.

I am running DPF in ANSYS Mechanical and post processing a structural non-linear plastic analysis with 200 substeps. I'm trying to scope my results in the time domain to the specific time that my max plasticity occurs.

I do this with the following function and it kind of works:

def define_dpf_workflow(analysis):
    import mech_dpf
    import Ans.DataProcessing as dpf
    dataSource = dpf.DataSources()

    timeScoping = dpf.Scoping()
    timeScoping.Location = 'Time'
    timeScoping.Ids = [75]


    dpf_workflow = dpf.Workflow()
    dpf_workflow.Record('wf_id', True)
    this.WorkflowId = dpf_workflow.GetRecordedId()

But I am noticing some strange things.

  1. I have to use the Iron Python Engine. If I use the CPython engine I get the following error:

Error when invoking function 'post_started'.Traceback (most recent call last):
StandardError: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.Traceback (most recent call last):
Exception: name 'this' is not defined

  1. The actual analysis time that the max pasticity occurs is 4 seconds but I have to put in 75 in order to specify the 4s time point even when I specify that op.Location = 'Time'

Does anyone know why I'm getting the "this" exception if I use CPython and how do I get the scoping to take actual time requests rather than substep numbers?