The newest version (1.2.0) introduced support for axisymmetric models. So the only type of symmetry that’s missing is cyclic symmetry. It can be very useful for shafts, impellers and so on. In CalculiX it’s defined based on tie constraint - additional parameter (cyclic symmetry) has to be added to it and then a new *Cyclic symmetry model keyword follows. Since the Keyword Editor can’t modify existing keywords (which is understandable because that could break the model but maybe it would be possible to prevent these potential issues somehow), such tie constraint for cyclic symmetry has to be created manually based on the predefined surfaces:

It would be really nice to have support for this functionality in GUI.

As a side note, boundary conditions and constraints (such as rigid body constraint) can’t be applied to the nodes of the slave surface of cyclic symmetry since that would cause overconstraint. So in cases like the one above it’s necessary to remove nodes belonging to the edge on the side of slave surface from BC/RB definition.

Another important thing is that if there are multiple tie constraints in the model then it might be necessary to reference the one serving for cyclic symmetry by name using tie parameter of the *Cyclic symmetry model keyword.

I did not test the cyclic symmetry by myself. I was put off by many exceptions in the CalculiX documentation where, for some keywords, special care must be taken when using the cyclic symmetry model. Is that not a problem in general?

Indeed, there are some special considerations when using cyclic symmetry. Apart from the ones mentioned in my first post (which are rather harmless if one remembers about them), the biggest differences are in the case of *Frequency analyses. There is a separate keyword *Select cyclic symmetry modes that can be used to specify which cyclic symmetry modes should be used in eigenfrequency analysis. The same keyword is used in Abaqus.

I couldn’t find any other important issues with cyclic symmetry models (some apply to very specific types of analyses such as HCF added to CalculiX 2.19 and thus are not relevant for now). Generally speaking, cyclic symmetry works very well in CalculiX, at least from what I’ve noticed so far.

Understood.
FYI In a previous role with Alstom Power, I wrote automated python code for steam turbine blade analysis looping over 3000 different designs in service. Model creation was in CGX including geometry, full hex meshing static analysis followed by modal analysis and forced response. Blade shroud has cyclic symmetry and contact. Solves in CCX and back to back with abaqus is excellent and also with tests (frequencies}. Post procesing in CGX again automated. This software is looking good. I’ll give it a closer look.

i’m trying to setup a sector model with cyclic symmetry in the way it is described here.
ATM i’m struggeling to create a node-set of the nodes of a surface where i want to apply a fixed BC. As mentioned before in the post, it is not allowed to apply the fixed constrain to the nodes that sharing the surfaces of cyclic symmetry.
How can i modify the node-set to exclude the nodes at the edge?

furthermore i want to do a frequency analysis of a sector model of an compressor impeller.
I found out that there is some special keyword for this:
*SELECT CYCLIC SYMMETRY MODES, NMIN= , NMAX=

For the 360° Model i use the complex frequency analysis.
*Step, Perturbation
*COMPLEX FREQUENCY,CORIOLIS
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*End Step

I tried to use this complex frequency step in the cyclic symmetry model, but it did not work.

I haven’t found any confirmation in CalculiX documentation after a quick search but even in Abaqus, complex eigenfrequency extraction doesn’t support models with cyclic symmetry so I’m pretty sure it’s the same in CalculiX.