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Single point constraints (SPC)

In a single point constraint one or more degrees of freedom are fixed for a given node. The prescribed value can be zero or nonzero. Nonzero SPC's cannot be defined outside a step. Zero SPC's can be defined inside or outside a step. SPC's are defined with the keyword *BOUNDARY. The mechanical degrees of freedom are labeld 1 through 6 (1 = translation in x, 2 = translation in y, 3 = translation in z, 4 = rotation about x, 5 = rotation about y, 6 = rotation about z), the thermal degree of freedom is labeled 11. Rotational degrees of freedom can be applied to beam and shell elements only.



guido dhondt 2012-10-06