user_manual:installation

1. Installation procedure

Before using the SesamX suite, the first step is to install it. This page aims at describing what is inside the installation package and how to install all its components.

Currently, only the Windows (7/8/10) platform is supported. You should not worry about external dependencies, the package contains everything that is needed.

Each new package has a version number attached to it. The current version is the 2021_03.

Before proceeding, you need to download the installation package. You can find it on the download page.

The installation package is mainly composed of the SesamX software (the finite element solver) and the well known Salome software. This Salome version (more information about Salome here) has been customized to enable efficient post-processing of SesamX models. These 2 software are what we call the SesamX suite.

Along these 2 main software, you find in the installation package:

  • the SesamX Notepad++ user language (“userDefineLang_sesamx.xml”), which provides syntax highlight for SesamX input files (more information here).
  • a “batch” folder containing ready to run SesamX input files.

For instance, the version 2021_01 of the installation package contains the following files.

Once the download is complete, you need to unzip the archive and then proceed to the installation.

Inside the installation archive, you find the “SesamX” folder. It contains the whole SesamX program (and the “runSesamX.bat” script used to run SesamX input files). You can move this folder wherever you like on your computer. For consistence with this user manual, we assume that you moved the SesamX folder to the root of the E drive. And you are done with the SesamX installation.

To benefit from the SesamX input file syntax highlight, you need first to install Notepad++ (more information here).

Then, to install the SesamX user language, you need to run Notepad++ and click on Language / User Defined Language / Define your language.

And then click on import, and select the “userDefineLang_sesamx.xml” file from the installation package.

An “Import successful.” box should appear, you can click on OK and restart Notepadd++. And finally you will be able to select the SesamX user language as shown below.

As long as a text file carries the “.sx” extension, Notepad++ will automatically apply the SesamX user language. Otherwise, you will need to do it manually from the Language menu.

To install Salome you need to unzip the “SALOME-9.6.0.zip” archive. To avoid issues, the Salome support team advises to unzip this folder near the root of your drive. And the full path to the directory should not contain any space nor special character. For instance, you can unzip the Salome archive to “C:\SALOME-9.6.0”.

You are now ready to use Salome for pre and post-processing. To get you started you can refer to the following pages:

If you prefer, you can also directly run the SesamX examples from the “batch” folder to get an idea of how SesamX behaves. To get you started you can refer to the following page:

If you encountered an issue during the installation procedure, do not hesitate to contact our support .