Is there a way to graphically show structural deformation as components of x, y, and z movement? See sketch below.
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Great question !
Each FEM-program should be able to display the X,Y,Z-components of displacement, especially if someone calculates
structures like yours ...
I assume that you mean the description of the deformation rather than its 'shape'? The 'shape' for a 3d model would be rather difficult to imagine (or at least very confusing when looked at) unless shown in form of the map instead.
I agree that in some cases you may be actuallly interested to see selected (most likely the vertical) component of the total displacement however if that's to be the only way to see the values I would complain having a frame rotated by e.g. 45 deg about the global Z (vertical) axis and being interested in the horizontal displacements
Your suggestion will be treated as the development request for the alternative way of displaying the descriptions for the deformation diagram. Thank you for your remarks and explanations.