Element Options Element Options

In general, the available options are:

     -DIR_LOC, SAV1(1), SAV1(2), SAV1(3), SAV2(1), SAV2(2), SAV2(3)

     -CA, CHANG


     -SCF, i, VALUES(1), ... VALUES(n)

     -SN, i, CURVE



     -GO, i, X, Y, Z

     -LO, i, X, Y, Z

     -REL, i, REL(1), REL(2), ..., REL(5)


     -USE, USE(1), USE(2), ..., USE(i)

     -NUSE, NOT_USE(1), NOT_USE(2), ..., NOT_USE(i)




The options -DIR_LOC, -CA and -REFN where discussed above, and for a discussion of the -SCF and -SN options, see the sections on associating SCFs Associating SCFs with Tubular Joints. and SN curves with fatigue points.

The options -COLOR and -TEXTURE define the color and texture of an element. These will be used when one asks for a picture with -COLOR MODELED. Here, NAME_COL is any color which has been previously defined. See the section on Colors for a discussion on defining colors. The NAME_TEX value for -TEXTURE is the name of a file in either /X/data/textures or /X/data/local/textures (here MOSES is store in /X). The X_SCALE and Y_SCALE are scale factors which will be applied to the texture. The NAME_TEX of NONE will yield a null default texture.

If one wishes to offset the vertices of an element from the nodes, he can employ one of the options: -GO or -LO. The -GO options are used to define offsets at the "ith" vertex of the element. Here, -GO1 defines offsets at the first end, etc. The values X, Y, and Z define the coordinates of the offset (inches or mm). For the -GOi options, these coordinates are defined in the part system, while for the -LO options, they are defined in the member system. If only -GO, or -LO are specified, then all vertices will have the same offsets. In all cases, an offset is defined as the vector from the node to the vertex of the member.

Releases are governed by the options -REL. These options are used to define releases at the "ith" vertex of the element. Here, -REL1 defines releases at the first end, etc. The values REL(i) define the particular releases to be applied. They must come from the list: FX, FY, FZ, MX, MY, MZ, but only as many as 5 may be specified. If -REL is specified, then all vertices of the element will have the same releases.

The loads due to the properties of the element are controlled with the options: -CATEGORY, -USE, -NUSE, and -FLOOD. The first three of these has been discussed with Categories and Load Types. If the -FLOOD option is used with a YES/NO value of YES, then a tubular member will be allowed to fill with water if it's below the water surface. Otherwise it will be assumed to be buoyant. The option -STW_USE allows one to "turn off" the weight of stiffeners. Here, YES/NO must be either YES in which case the weight will be used or NO where the weight will not be used. The option overrides the value set via &DEFAULT. The option -NUM_APPLIED allows one to have a multiplier, NUMBER, for a beam. The results for a beam are first computed based on the specified properties, and then all results are multiplied by NUMBER. In particular, the damping, stiffness, mass, matrices and the force are multiplied by this number.