Mapdl.set(lstep='', sbstep='', fact='', kimg='', time='', angle='', nset='', order='', **kwargs)

Defines the data set to be read from the results file.

APDL Command: SET


Load step number of the data set to be read (defaults to 1):

N - Read load step N.

FIRST - Read the first data set (Sbstep and TIME are ignored).

LAST - Read the last data set (Sbstep and TIME are ignored).

NEXT - Read the next data set (Sbstep and TIME are ignored). If at the last data set,

the first data set will be read as the next.

PREVIOUS - Read the previous data set (Sbstep and TIME are ignored). If at the first data

set, the last data set will be read as the previous.

NEAR - Read the data set nearest to TIME (Sbstep is ignored). If TIME is blank, read

the first data set.

LIST - Scan the results file and list a summary of each load step. (KIMG, TIME,

ANGLE, and NSET are ignored.)


Substep number (within Lstep). Defaults to the last substep of the load step (except in a buckling or modal analysis). For a buckling (ANTYPE,BUCKLE) or modal (ANTYPE,MODAL) analysis, Sbstep corresponds to the mode number. Specify Sbstep = LAST to store the last substep for the specified load step (that is, issue a SET,Lstep,LAST command).


Scale factor applied to data read from the file. If zero (or blank), a value of 1.0 is used. This scale factor is only applied to displacement and stress results. A nonzero factor excludes non- summable items.


Used only with complex results (harmonic and complex modal analyses).

0 or REAL - Store the real part of complex solution (default).

1, 2 or IMAG - Store the imaginary part of a complex solution.

3 or AMPL - Store the amplitude

4 or PHAS - Store the phase angle. The angle value, expressed in degrees, will be between

-180° and +180°.


Time-point identifying the data set to be read. For a harmonic analyses, time corresponds to the frequency.


Circumferential location (0.0 to 360°). Defines the circumferential location for the harmonic calculations used when reading from the results file.


Data set number of the data set to be read. If a positive value for NSET is entered, Lstep, Sbstep, KIMG, and TIME are ignored. Available set numbers can be determined by SET,LIST.


Key to sort the harmonic index results. This option applies to cyclic symmetry buckling and modal analyses only, and is valid only when Lstep = FIRST, LAST, NEXT, PREVIOUS, NEAR or LIST.

ORDER - Sort the harmonic index results in ascending order of eigenfrequencies or

buckling load multipliers.

(blank) - No sorting takes place.


Defines the data set to be read from the results file into the database. Various operations may also be performed during the read operation. The database must have the model geometry available (or use the RESUME command before the SET command to restore the geometry from Jobname.DB). Values for applied constraints [D] and loads [F] in the database will be replaced by their corresponding values on the results file, if available. (See the description of the OUTRES command.) In a single load step analysis, these values are usually the same, except for results from harmonic elements. (See the description of the ANGLE value above.)

In an interactive run, the sorted list (ORDER option) is also available for results-set reading via a GUI pick option.

You can postprocess results without issuing a SET command if the solution results were saved to the database file (Jobname.DB). Distributed ANSYS, however, can only postprocess using the results file (for example, Jobname.RST) and cannot use the Jobname.DB file since no solution results are written to the database. Therefore, you must issue a SET command or a RESCOMBINE command before postprocessing in Distributed ANSYS.