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ETA
Tutorial Guide

BETA CAE Systems S.A. 1 ETA Tutorial Guide


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ETA Tutorial Guide

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MAIN TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Tutorial 1 Basic ETA, Static analysis

Tutorial 2 Basic ETA, Crash analysis

Tutorial 3 The Section Forces tool of ETA

Tutorial 4 ETA tools for NVH analysis

Tutorial 5 ANSA and ETA for Pedestrian Safety

Tutorial 6 ETA tools for CFD Post Processing

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INTRODUCTION
About this Tutorial Guide
This Tutorial Guide was prepared to introduce ETA to new users. The tutorials are described in
detail so that one can perform all the tasks without any previous experience of ETA. A short
Getting Started section is included to familiarize the user with the interface.
This document can be used in combination with the ETA Users Guide, where detailed
descriptions of all the demonstrated functionalities can be found, in order to provide more insight to
the user. The document will be updated regularly to include additional examples and more
advanced ETA functionalities.
Although not all tutorials may be relevant to your applications, it is still worth studying them, as they
will familiarize you with the main menus of ETA.

For any query you can contact the Customers Service department via e-mail: ansa@beta-cae.gr

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Intro.1.1. Getting Started


The following sections describe some key points about ETA that the user should be familiar with,
before performing the tutorials.

Intro.1.1.1. ETA GUI


The main features of the Graphical User Interface are highlighted below:

Search Engine &


Menu Buttons Containers Window Switcher

Read Results card

Messages Window

Command Line Basic Buttons &


Animation

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Intro.1.1.2. Use of mouse buttons

The left mouse button is mainly used to:


- press buttons and activate menu buttons or deactivate menu buttons
- select entities from the screen
- select or deselect entities from lists

The middle mouse button is mainly used to:


- cancel the currently activated button
- declare the end of a selection process
- show an input field or a menu hosted behind a menu button

The right mouse button is mainly used to:


- show an input field or a menu hidden behind a menu button
- open a context menu
- deselect from the screen previously selected items

The mouse buttons are also used:


- to move cut planes, annotations and the fringe bar
- combined with the CTRL key for view control

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Intro.1.1.3. Function of keys

Cancels the currently activated function or closes a card which is


Esc in focus.

y
F1 Top standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
x
z
z
F2 Front standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
y x
z
F3 Left standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
y x

y
F4 Bottom standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
z
x
z
F5 Back standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
y
x
z
F6 Right standard view on vehicle (global) coordinate system.
y
x

F7 Zoom in at mouse cursor position.

F8 Zoom out at mouse cursor position.

F9 Zoom all.

F10 Default view.

Switches the drawing area to full screen mode.


F11

Opens the card Set Visible Entities which controls the visibility of
F12 entities.

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Intro.1.1.4. View control using the mouse.

The view rotates around an axis, which is Mouse


perpendicular to the mouse track and lies on
the screen plane. Track
The rotation pole is automatically defined on
the closest position that the mouse was
pointing at when the left mouse button was
pressed.
Ctrl

Rotation
Axis

Mouse
The view rotates around an axis, which is Track
normal to the screen plane.
The rotation pole is automatically defined on
the closest position that the mouse was
pointing at when the right mouse button was
pressed. Ctrl Rotation
Axis

Mouse
Track
The view translates along the mouse track.

Ctrl

The view Zooms IN and OUT according to the OUT


mouse movement.
Shifting the mouse downwards or to the left
causes the view to Zoom IN.
By transposing it upwards or to the right,
causes the view to Zoom OUT.
Zoom IN and OUT is also achieved through the IN
mouse wheel. Ctrl

- To apply faster the above modes for view control, especially on large models, the user may
press both CTRL and SHIFT key. In this way, the model is viewed only with feature lines during
the changing of the view and response is remarkably faster.

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