The topics covered in this section include:

Overview

The Analyze Tool is accessed by selecting Tools -> Analyze… from the OpenSim main menu bar. Like all tools, the operations performed by the Analyze Tool apply to the current model. The name of the current model is shown in bold in the Navigator. See Opening, Closing, and Using the Navigator Window for information on opening models and making a particular model current. The Analyze Tool consists of three panes: Main SettingsActuators and External Loads, and Analyses. Shown is the Main Settings pane.

  • The Main Settings pane is used to specify parameters relating to the input, the time range over which the analyses are to be run, which analyses are to be run, and the output.

  • The Actuators and External Loads pane is used to specify parameters relating to the external loads applied to the model during analysis and whether or not an additional set of actuators should be added to the model.

  • The Analyses pane provides a means of adding, removing, and editing the analyses that will be run.

     

 

Main Settings Pane

The Main Settings pane (figure above) is used to specify parameters relating to input, the time range over which analyses are to be performed, which analyses are to be performed, and the output. The pane is organized into five main sections entitled Current Model, Input, Time, Analysis Set, and Output.

  • The section for Current Model displays an uneditable name for the current model that is to be used for the analysis.

  • The section for Input displays editable information that allows you to specify the controls, states or motion, and whether or not to solve for force equilibrium for the actuator forces. 
  • If you are running an analysis on an existing simulation, you will most often specify a set of controls and states output by that simulation. 
  • You may use the folder button to browse for the input files.
  • If you would like to run a set of analyses based on experimentally recorded motion, you may use the  radio button to select Motion as the input type. 
  • If you choose to run the analyses from Loaded motion, you will need to choose a motion from the  drop down list.
  • The section for Time displays editable information that allows you to specify the start and end time for the analysis. 
  • The section for Output displays editable information that allows you to specify the prefix appended to the resulting output file, the directory to which the file is saved, and the precision of the decimal places used when writing results. 
  • You may use the folder button to browse for and specify a directory in which to save the output files.
  • You may use the folder/magnifying glass button to open an Explorer window to the specified directory. 

Actuators and External Loads Pane

The Actuators and External Loads pane (figure below) is used to specify parameters relating to the actuators appended to the model and the external loads applied to the model during the analyses. The pane is organized into two main sections entitled Actuators and External Loads.

  • The section for Actuators displays editable information that allows you to specify additional actuator set files that specify actuators to supplement the muscles of the model.

  • You may use the Edit button to edit the list of actuator set files describing the actuators to be appended to or replaced in the model.

  • The information in the External Loads section is optional. 
  • If checked, the section displays information so that you can specify the external loads applied to the model, the bodies of the model to which the loads are applied, and the corresponding kinematics of the external loads. 
  • Additionally, there is an option to filter the kinematics for the external loads by selecting the checkbox next to Filter kinematics and entering the filter frequency. 

Analyses Pane

The analyses pane lets you add and edit analyses (Muscle Analysis, Joint Reaction Analysis, Induced Acceleration Analysis, etc.)

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