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Searching for and returning output from a Nastran .f06 file

Searching for and returning output from a Nastran .f06 file

Hi all,

Relatively new to matlab - I have a question for everyone and would like to hear other opinions on how to get what I am trying to do if you have better ideas.  I would like to write a short script that would search a series of nastran output (f06) files, find a given subcase and element, and return the output force.

More specifically, I'd like to do the following:

Read input file into matlab that contains paths to the f06 files to be searched:

1. c:/outputfiles/outputf06_01
2. c:/outputfiles/outputf06_02
3. c:/outputfiles/outputf06_03

tell matlab the following:

In outputf06_01 (file 1. on the input list), search until you find the text "SUBCASE33", then search until you find the text "F O R C E S   I N  Q U A D", and finally read and return the value in column 4 immediately to the right of the element "790100" - even better make a new txt file with the element numbers in the first column and the forces in the second column. Ultimately, I'd like to give matlab a number of element numbers, output file numbers and subcase numbers, and have the script return all the output forces.

I appreciate any and all responses

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