ODS Animation

ODS Animation

An Operating Deflection Shape (ODS) is the simplest way to see how a machine or structure moves during its operation, either at a specific frequency or moment in time.  An ODS contains the overall dynamic response of a structure due to forced and resonant vibration.   Time-based ODS animation sweeps a cursor through a set of time histories describing motions at multiple points and directions on a test article.  You can stop the animation, back it up, and play it forward to observe in slow-motion phenomena that may have taken place very quickly in real time.   With frequency-based ODS animation, you simply move the cursor to a frequency of interest in your data, and the ODS for that frequency is displayed.  With this animation, you can observe resonant vibration as well as order-related and other types of forced vibration.