In the beginning phase of your project, you may still be deciding upon alternative design choices of components in your project. For example, you may be deciding between manufacturing your disk brake from ceramic carbon or cast iron. These materials will have different values for the same parameters e.g. density, heat transfer coefficient etc. Which will have an effect on the performance of the disk brake and hence the overall system.
Valispace allows you to create “Alternatives” of a component to compare how changes like material choice will affect the overall system. Enabling you and your team to make educated design decisions throughout your project.
To create alternatives of a component:
- Right click on the component in the tree which you want to create an alternative of.
- Click on “Convert to Alternative Container”
This will create a copy of the component and then convert the component its - self into an “Alternative Container”.
- The alternative container will have this symbol next to it in the tree
The alternative container is where you will be able to manage all the alternatives of the components, as shown in the image above. Here you will also be able to:
- Add existing components as alternatives
- Copy components and add as an alternative
- Create empty alternatives
- Add properties to compare alternatives
- Click on the “+” button in the bottom left hand side of screen
You will the be presented with the following options
Add properties: Here you will be able to choose Valis to compare alternatives such as mass, cost etc.
Add an existing component as an alternative to this container: This will allow you to add an already existing component within your project as an alternative choice within the container.
Copy an existing component and add it as an alternative to this container: This will allow you to copy an existing component within your project and also add this copy as an alternative in the container. This copy will also now appear in the component tree.
Create an empty alternative and add it to this alternative container: This will allow you to create a new component and add it to the container. This empty alternative will now appear in the component tree and it will not contain any Valis.