fsum

Mapdl.fsum(lab='', item='', **kwargs)

Sums the nodal force and moment contributions of elements.

APDL Command: FSUM

Parameters
lab

Coordinate system in which to perform summation.

(blank) - Sum all nodal forces in global Cartesian coordinate system (default).

RSYS - Sum all nodal forces in the currently active RSYS coordinate system.

item

Selected set of nodes.

(blank) - Sum all nodal forces for all selected nodes (default), excluding contact

elements.

CONT - Sum all nodal forces for contact nodes only.

BOTH - Sum all nodal forces for all selected nodes, including contact elements.

Notes

Sums and prints, in each component direction for the total selected node set, the nodal force and moment contributions of the selected elements attached to the node set. Selecting a subset of nodes [NSEL] and then issuing this command will give the total force acting on that set of nodes (default), excluding surface-to-surface, node-to-surface, line-to-line, and line-to-surface contact elements (TARGE169, TARGE170, CONTA171, CONTA172, CONTA173, CONTA174, CONTA175, CONTA176, and CONTA177).

Setting ITEM = CONT sums the nodal forces and moment contributions of the selected contact elements (CONTA171, CONTA172, CONTA173, CONTA174, CONTA175, CONTA176, and CONTA177). Setting ITEM = BOTH sums the nodal forces for all selected nodes, including contact elements.

Nodal forces associated with surface loads are not included. The effects of nodal coupling and constraint equations are ignored. Moment summations are about the global origin unless another point is specified with the SPOINT command. This vector sum is printed in the global Cartesian system unless it is transformed [RSYS] and a point is specified with the SPOINT command. By default, the sum is done in global Cartesian, and the resulting vector is transformed to the requested system.

The LAB = RSYS option transforms each of the nodal forces into the active coordinate system before summing and printing. The FORCE command can be used to specify which component (static, damping, inertia, or total) of the nodal load is to be used. This command output is included in the NFORCE command.

The command should not be used with axisymmetric elements because it might calculate a moment where none exists. Consider, for example, the axial load on a pipe modeled with an axisymmetric shell element. The reaction force on the end of the pipe is the total force (for the full 360 degrees) at that location. The net moment about the centerline of the pipe would be zero, but the program would incorrectly calculate a moment at the end of the element as the force multiplied by the radius.

The command is not valid for elements that operate solely within the nodal coordinate system with 1-D option activated and rotated nodes (NROTAT).