shpp

Mapdl.shpp(lab='', value1='', value2='', **kwargs)

Controls element shape checking.

APDL Command: SHPP

Parameters
lab

Shape checking option. (When Lab = WARN, STATUS, SUMMARY, or DEFAULT, the remaining arguments are ignored.)

ON - Activates element shape checking. New elements, regardless of how they are

created, are tested against existing warning and error limits. (The existing limits may be the default limits, or previously modified limits.) Elements that violate error limits produce error messages and either (a) cause a meshing failure, or (b) for element creation or storage other than AMESH or VMESH, are not stored. Elements that violate warning limits produce warning messages. If shape checking was previously turned off [SHPP,OFF] and you turn it on, existing elements are marked as untested; use the CHECK command to retest them. With this option, you may also specify a value for VALUE1 to turn individual shape tests on. If you do not specify a value for VALUE1, all shape tests are turned on.

WARN - Activates element shape checking; however, in contrast to SHPP,ON, elements

that violate error limits do not cause either a meshing or element storage failure. Instead, they produce warning messages to notify you that error limits have been violated. This option does not alter current shape parameter limits. Since the default shape parameter error limits are set to allow almost any usable element, the elements this option allows, which would otherwise be forbidden, are likely to be very poorly shaped.

OFF - Deactivates element shape checking. This setting does not alter current shape

parameter limits. Use of this option is risky, since poorly shaped elements can lead to analysis results that are less accurate than would otherwise be expected for a given mesh density. With this option, you may also specify a value for VALUE1 to turn individual shape tests off. If you do not specify a value for VALUE1, all element shape tests are turned off.

SILENT - Determines whether element shape checking runs in silent mode. In silent mode,

ANSYS checks elements without issuing warnings, with the exception of the generic warnings that it issues at solution. With this option, you must also specify a value for VALUE1 (During the execution of certain commands, ANSYS automatically runs element shape checking in silent mode, then internally summarizes the shape test results for all of the new or modified elements. ANSYS does this when it executes any of the following commands: AGEN, AMESH, AREFINE, ARSYM, ATRAN, CDREAD, EGEN, ENGEN, ENSYM, EREAD, EREFINE, ESYM, ET, FVMESH, KREFINE, LREFINE, NREFINE, TIMP, VEXT, VGEN, VIMP, VMESH, VOFFST, VROTAT, VSWEEP, VSYMM, and VTRAN.)

STATUS - Lists the shape parameter limits currently in effect, along with status

information about element shape checking (for example, whether any individual shape tests are off, whether any of the shape parameter limits have been modified, and so on).

SUMMARY - Lists a summary of element shape test results for all selected elements.

DEFAULT - Resets element shape parameter limits to their default values. Also, if any

individual tests were turned off, turns them back on. (The SHPP,DEFAULT command may be useful if any parameter limits were previously altered by using the MODIFY option.)

OBJECT - Determines whether element shape test results data is stored in memory. When

this option is turned on, an “object” is created for storing test results in memory. When this option is turned off, no object is created and no data is stored; thus, any operation that requires shape parameters for an existing element (such as use of the CHECK command) causes the shape parameters to be recomputed. (Note the distinction between storing the data in memory and storing it in the database; regardless of whether this option is turned on or off, no element shape test results data will be stored in the database. The element shape parameter object is deleted automatically before any solution.) This setting is independent of shape checking status, with one exception–if shape checking is turned off [SHPP,OFF], the object is not created. Keep in mind that recomputing shape parameters is more computationally expensive than retrieving them from the object. With this option, you must also specify a value for the VALUE1 argument; the VALUE2 argument is ignored.

LSTET - Determines, for Jacobian ratio tests, whether sampling is done at integration

points (DesignSpace product method), or at corner nodes. When this option is turned on, sampling is done at integration points, and the default limits for h-element Jacobian ratios are a warning tolerance of 10 and an error tolerance of 40. When this option is turned off, sampling is done at corner nodes, and the corresponding default limits are a warning tolerance of 30 and an error tolerance of 1000. Sampling at the integration points (option on) results in a lower Jacobian ratio, but that ratio is also subjected to a more restrictive error limit. Some elements that have passed the integration point sampling criterion, have failed the corner mode sampling criterion. Because of this, use integration point sampling only for simple linear analyses. For other types of analyses (e.g., nonlinear, electromagnetic), use sampling at corner nodes, which is the more conservative approach. With this option, you must also specify a value for the VALUE1 argument; the VALUE2 argument is ignored.

MODIFY - Indicates that you want to respecify a shape parameter limit. With this

option, you must also specify values for the VALUE1 and VALUE2 arguments.

FLAT - Determines the warning and error limits used to test elements that may exhibit

nonzero/nonconstant Z coordinates. With this option, you must also specify values for the VALUE1 and/or VALUE2 arguments.

value1

Valid for the ON, OFF, SILENT, OBJECT, LSTET, MODIFY, and FLAT options only. When Lab = ON or OFF, use VALUE1 to individually control (that is, turn off or turn on) specific element shape tests. Thus, VALUE1 can be ANGD (SHELL28 corner angle deviation tests), ASPECT (aspect ratio tests), PARAL (deviation from parallelism of opposite edges tests), MAXANG (maximum corner angle tests), JACRAT (Jacobian ratio tests), WARP (warping factor tests), or ALL (all tests). When Lab = SILENT, VALUE1 can be ON (to turn silent mode on) or OFF (to turn silent mode off). When Lab = OBJECT, VALUE1 can be either 1, YES, or ON to turn on storage of element shape test data (the default); or it can be 0, NO, or OFF to turn off storage of element shape test data (delete the data and recompute as necessary). When Lab = LSTET, VALUE1 can be either 1, YES, or ON to choose Jacobian sampling at integration points; or it can be 0, NO, or OFF to choose Jacobian sampling at nodes (the default). When Lab = MODIFY, VALUE1 is the numeric location (within the shape parameter limit array) of the shape parameter limit to be modified. Locations are identified in the element shape checking status listing [SHPP,STATUS]. For more information, see the examples in the Notes section. When Lab = FLAT, VALUE1 is the warning limit for XY element constant Z sets performed at CHECK or