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Functions y=f(t)

Functions are quite useful to describe how some parameters evolve, over time for example. They can be used to prescribe displacements or to define hardening laws.

PieceWiseLinearFunction

A piecewise linear function is defined one point at a time:

  fct = PieceWiseLinearFunction()
  fct.setData(abs1, ord1)
  fct.setData(abs2, ord2)
  ...

where

abs1, abs2, … list of abscissae
ord1, ord2, … list of ordinates

Piecewise linear function

Remark: As can be seen above, the first and last segments are extrapolated if a value of the function is required outside its domain.

PythonOneParameterFunction

If a function is mathematically too complex to be defined with a PieceWiseLinearFunction, it can be defined analytically, with a PythonOneParameterFunction object.

def f(x):
    [function calculating y=f(x)]
    return y
fct1 = PythonOneParameterFunction(f)

For example, this is used to:

Examples

The ramp function:

  fct1 = PieceWiseLinearFunction()
  fct1.setdata(0,0)
  fct1.setdata(1,1)

can be also defined with a classical python function:

  def f(x):
      return x
  fct1 = PythonOneParameterFunction(f)

or, using python lambda function:

  f = lambda x: x
  fct1 = PythonOneParameterFunction(f)

Advanced use

Advanced The value can also be displayed for each estimation, and a more complex function can also be defined using all Python tools. For example, a load function can be first defined with a parabola, then with a straight line, the change between these two being controlled by an conditional structure.

  def f(a):
      val=0
      if(a‹0.5):
           val=a*a
      else:
           x=0.5*0.5;
           val=x+(a-0.5)/(1-0.5)*(1-x)
      print 'value=', val
      return val	
  fct1 = PythonOneParameterFunction(f)
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