voffst

Mapdl.voffst(narea='', dist='', kinc='', **kwargs)

Generates a volume, offset from a given area.

APDL Command: VOFFST

Parameters
narea

Area from which generated volume is to be offset. If NAREA = P, graphical picking is enabled and all remaining command fields are ignored (valid only in the GUI).

dist

Distance normal to given area at which keypoints for generated volume are to be located. Positive normal is determined from the right-hand rule keypoint order.

kinc

Increment to be applied to the keypoint numbers between sets. If zero, keypoint numbers will be automatically assigned beginning with the lowest available value [NUMSTR].

Notes

Generates a volume (and its corresponding keypoints, lines, and areas) by offsetting from an area. The direction of the offset varies with the given area normal. End slopes of the generated lines remain the same as those of the given pattern.

If element attributes have been associated with the input area via the AATT command, the opposite area generated by the VOFFST operation will also have those attributes (i.e., the element attributes from the input area are copied to the opposite area). Note that only the area opposite the input area will have the same attributes as the input area; the areas adjacent to the input area will not.

If the areas are meshed or belong to meshed volumes, a 3-D mesh can be extruded with this command. Note that the NDIV argument on the ESIZE command should be set before extruding the meshed areas.