Firstly, TASverter is NOT a converter for STEP files from CAD!
TASverter is a general converter for models used in Thermal Analysis for Space. It has "reader" modules for converting information from the native file formats of a number of [space] thermal analysis tools into an intermediate, internal STEP-TAS representation, and "writer" modules to convert this internal representation into the native file formats of a number of [space] thermal analysis tools.
TASverter was developed to replace some older tool-to-tool converters that involved a lot of duplicated code and were difficult to maintain.
TASverter became a cutting-edge technology demonstrator to show the reality of model data conversion and exchange using STEP-TAS. TASverter has been used extensively within ESTEC/TEC-MTV to verify and validate the development on the underlying STEP-TAS protocol using real-world models written for different thermal analysis tools. TASverter paved the way for the implementation of STEP-TAS interfaces in the commercial analysis tools.
The main changes for this version are:
Note: STEP-TAS v6 is not backwards compatible with STEP-TAS v5, so TASverter-r2013-06-30 is not able to read STEP-TAS v5 files produced by TASverter-r2007-03-19, and vice versa.
Note: ESARAD ASSEMBLY statements are converted to fixed shells in the other output formats.
Note: TASverter development has been "on-hold" since the last release in 2007, and all of the tool formats have evolved since then. TASverter will need some time to catch up!
TASverter is able to both read and write the following formats:
Note: STEP-TAS Part21 files use the same building blocks as the STEP AP203 and AP214 files used in CAD, but are not compatible, in the same way that many western European languages use the Latin character set but are not understood everywhere.
In addition, TASverter is able to read the following formats:
TASverter is also able to write the following formats:
Due to resource limitations it is not possible for the TASverter development team to provide fully updated "reader" and "writer" modules for all new features of the tools in the short term.
The next release(s) will address the following areas which meet the internal needs to the TASverter development team anyway:
DEFINE_OPTICAL, optical["prop_env"], mainShell:subShell, label1/label2, thick1, bulk1, composition, through_cond, emittance, conductance, CONDUCTOR, CONDUCTIVE_INTERFACE, NON_GEOMETRIC_THERMAL_NODE
cutting operations, numeric shell identifiers, $C_PROPERTY, $D_PROPERTY, $SKFORCES
The relative priority for implementing other modules will need to be established in consultation with project groups within ESA that might have specific requirements, and with the representatives of the wider space thermal analysis community.