tshap

Mapdl.tshap(shape='', **kwargs)

Defines simple 2-D and 3-D geometric surfaces for target segment

APDL Command: TSHAP elements.

Parameters
shape

Specifies the geometric shapes for target segment elements TARGE169 and TARGE170.

LINE - Straight line (2-D, 3-D) (Default for 2-D)

PARA - Parabola (2-D, 3-D)

ARC - Clockwise arc (2-D)

CARC - Counterclockwise arc (2-D)

CIRC - Complete circle (2-D)

TRIA - Three-node triangle (3-D) (Default for 3-D)

TRI6 - Six-node triangle (3-D)

QUAD - Four-node quadrilateral (3-D)

QUA8 - Eight-node quadrilateral (3-D)

CYLI - Cylinder (3-D)

CONE - Cone (3-D)

SPHE - Sphere (3-D)

PILO - Pilot node (2-D, 3-D)

POINT - Point (rigid surface node) (2-D, 3-D)

Notes

Use this command to specify the target segment shapes for the rigid target surface associated with surface-to-surface contact (TARGE169, CONTA171, CONTA172 (2-D) and TARGE170, CONTA173, CONTA174 (3-D)), 3-D beam-to-beam contact (TARGE170 and CONTA176), and 3-D line-to-surface contact (TARGE170 and CONTA177). Once you issue TSHAP, all subsequent target elements generated via the direct element generation technique will have the same shape, until you issue TSHAP again with a different Shape value.