bfint

Mapdl.bfint(fname1='', ext1='', fname2='', ext2='', kpos='', clab='', kshs='', tolout='', tolhgt='', **kwargs)

Activates the body force interpolation operation.

APDL Command: BFINT

Parameters
fname1

File name and directory path (248 characters maximum, including directory) from which to read data for interpolation. If you do not specify a directory path, it will default to your working directory and you can use all 248 characters for the file name.

ext1

Filename extension (eight-character maximum).

fname2

File name and directory path (248 characters maximum, including directory) to which BF commands are written. If you do not specify a directory path, it will default to your working directory and you can use all 248 characters for the file name.

ext2

Filename extension (eight-character maximum).

kpos

Position on Fname2 to write block of BF commands:

0 - Beginning of file (overwrite existing file).

1 - End of file (append to existing file).

clab

Label (8 characters maximum, including the colon) for this block of BF commands in Fname2. This label is appended to the colon (:). Defaults to BFn, where n is the cumulative iteration number for the data set currently in the database.

kshs

Shell-to-solid submodeling key:

0 - Solid-to-solid or shell-to-shell submodel.

1 - Shell-to-solid submodel.

tolout

Extrapolation tolerance about elements, based on a fraction of the element dimension. Submodel nodes outside the element by more than TOLOUT are not accepted as candidates for DOF extrapolation. Defaults to 0.5 (50%).

tolhgt

Height tolerance above or below shell elements, in units of length. Used only for shell-to-shell submodeling (KSHS = 0). Submodel nodes off the element surface by more than TOLHGT are not accepted as candidates for DOF interpolation or extrapolation. Defaults to 0.0001 times the maximum element dimension.

Notes

File Fname1 should contain a node list for which body forces are to be interpolated [NWRITE]. File Fname2 is created, and contains interpolated body forces written as a block of nodal BF commands.

Body forces are interpolated from elements having TEMP as a valid body force or degree of freedom, and only the label TEMP is written on the nodal BF commands. Interpolation is performed for all nodes on file Fname1 using the results data currently in the database. For layered elements, use the LAYER command to select the locations of the temperatures to be used for interpolation. Default locations are the bottom of the bottom layer and the top of the top layer.

The block of BF commands begins with an identifying colon label command and ends with a /EOF command. The colon label command is of the form :Clab, where Clab is described above. Interpolation from multiple results sets can be performed by looping through the results file in a user-defined macro. Additional blocks can be appended to Fname2 by using KPOS and unique colon labels. A /INPUT command, with the appropriate colon label, may be used to read the block of commands.

If the model has coincident (or very close) nodes, BFINT must be applied to each part of the model separately to ensure that the mapping of the nodes is correct. For example, if nodes belonging to two adjacent parts linked by springs are coincident, the operation should be performed on each part of the model separately.