1.2 Nomenclature

On this page, you can find all the terms we use in COUPLE.

  • Importer: Feature used in COUPLE to import datasets of different types to be used in the calculation.
  • Library: Allows the user to collect and organize all your datasets: component models, interface definitions and loads which can be used in a project. Libraries can be shared among teams and departments. by which models and datasets are collected/referenced. The library allows you to create a library file (*.lib) in the location of your choice and reference different datasets.
  • Design Area: The heart of the application: on the canvas one can build up assemblies out of components, loads, and links
  • Property Inspector: A card that shows the details of any item selected in the Design Area.
  • Analysis: Window showing the results of the computation.
  • Topology: Configuration of connected components, loads, and links in the design area. Container in the design area that is capable of holding a model. A topology item can be thought of as an empty basket that can be connected in a certain configuration and allows the inserted model to interact with the topology items/models around it.
  • Model: Object in the library created by the Importer. A dataset with metadata and interfaces.
  • Interface: Collection of channels of a model that allows the topology item to be linked to another topology item.  
  • Component: Blue container representing topology item filled with an FRF model (test based, or numerical) with channels that may be grouped into interfaces.
  • Load: Green container representing topology item filled with an operational data model (time blocks, frequency blocks, or time series) that can be used as an excitation. 
  • Link: A connection between two interfaces of two components. One can assign an interface stiffness to a link such that compliant coupling can be simulated.

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