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TASverter: Release notes
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What is TASverter?
TASverter is a general converter for models used in Thermal Analysis for Space. It has "reader" modules for converting information from the native file formats of a number of [space] thermal analysis tools into an intermediate, internal STEP-TAS representation, and "writer" modules to convert this internal representation into the native file formats of a number of [space] thermal analysis tools.
In fact, TASverter is the cutting-edge technology demonstrator to show the reality of model data conversion and exchange using STEP-TAS. TASverter has been used extensively within ESTEC/TEC-MCV to verify and validate the development on the underlying STEP-TAS protocol using real-world models written for different thermal analysis tools, and is being used as a beacon to light the way for the implementation of STEP-TAS interfaces in the commercial analysis tools.
Which tool formats are supported?
TASverter is able to both read and write the following formats:
In addition, TASverter is able to read the following formats:
- STEP-TAS Part21 files.
These files conform to the ISO 10302-21 format, the official ASCII text encoding for the exchange of STEP data. Note that although every effort is being made to maintain compatibility as the STEP-TAS standard evolves, until the STEP-TAS protocol is completely frozen it may not be possible to guarantee the use of these files as long-term archive data.
ESARAD 5.1 Geometry (erg) files.
TASverter now handles cutting operations using dedicated cutting solids rather than approximating them using normal geometric primitives. TASverter does not yet handle kinematic models or mission-related orientation and pointing.
THERMICA 3.2 Geometry (SYSBAS) files.
TRASYS Geometry (inp) files
TASverter is also able to write the following formats:
THERMICA 3.2 Geometry (VIF) files.
MSC.NASTRAN 2005 Geometry (BDF) files
ESATAN 8.9 results (GFF) files.
Note that this is a proof-of-concept prototype that needs further work to handle large results files.
PATRAN session (ses) and nodal result (nod) files.
Comma separated values (csv) file.
This is a simple ASCII format to allow import of results data into spreadsheets, etc. Note that this is a proof-of-concept prototype used to help verify the GFF-reader.
What is new in this version [r2007-03-19]?
The main changes for this version are:
Addition of TRASYS reader and writer
Addition of NASTRAN reader
Updates to the STEP-TAS protocol and dictionary
Performance improvements in the code
Removal of the html reporting option
Which tool formats will be supported in the future?
That's a difficult question to answer! On the technical side, the latest version of the STEP-TAS protocol means that the foundations are in place to support most of the tools used by the space thermal analysis community. The most obvious upgrades relate to the conformance classes:
Due to resource limitations it is not possible for the TASverter development team to provide "reader" and "writer" modules for all of the tools in the short term. The relative priority for implementing particular modules still needs to be established in consultation with project groups within ESA that might have specific requirements, and with the representatives of the wider space thermal analysis community.
Inclusion of space mission aspects: the upgrade of the ESARAD and THERMICA modules to CC5
Inclusion of kinematic models: the upgrade of the THERMICA module to CC2 and the ESARAD module to CC4
Inclusion of space mission aspects and pointing of kinematic geometry: the upgrade of the ESARAD and THERMICA modules to CC6
Inclusion of thermal lumped parameter model (without user logic): the development of ESATAN modules to CC8
Inclusion of thermal lumped parameter results: the upgrade of ESATAN modules to CC9
Other formats under consideration are SINDA-G, SINDA-85
Last update: 16 April 2007
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