In this blog, I am not going to emphasize on the importance of a Factor of Safety plot as I am sure you all do and are aware of it. While doing the analysis on a single component, we usually create a single Factor of Safety plot and that serves our purpose. But what if our analysis involves an assembly with either 10/100 parts or more ?
How many FOS plots do you need for an assembly ? Yes, the answer is simple : 1 but that's true if you want to check the FOS for the whole assembly. But what about the FOS for each component or set of components only? For 100 components, would you like to create 100 FOS plots ? well, the answer is again simple : NO.
All you need to do is create one FOS plot for the entire assembly. Now hide all the components that you do not wish to check the FOS i.e. only those parts that are of interest to us are displayed on the graphics area. Guess what !! the FOS plot automatically gets updated. The legend scale updates and the min and max values are displayed only for the components shown on the screen.
So, the trick here is to create the regular FOS plot and hide/un-hide components to utilize this tool effectively.This is just one of those pocket size power house tools which can give you relatively more info than what it actually appears to be.