deltim

Mapdl.deltim(dtime='', dtmin='', dtmax='', carry='', **kwargs)

Specifies the time step sizes to be used for the current load step.

APDL Command: DELTIM

Parameters
  • dtime – Time step size for this step. If automatic time stepping is used (AUTOTS), DTIME is the starting time substep.

  • dtmin – Minimum time step (if automatic time stepping is used). The program automatically determines the default based on the physics of the model.

  • dtmax – Maximum time step (if automatic time stepping is used). The program automatically determines the default based on the physics of the model.

  • carry

    Time step carry over key:

    OFF - Use DTIME as time step at start of each load step.

    ON - Use final time step from previous load step as the starting time step (if

    automatic time stepping is used).

Notes

See NSUBST for an alternative input.

Use consistent values for DTIME and TIME (TIME). For example, using 0.9 for DTIME and 1.0 for TIME results in one time step because 1.0 (TIME) is divisible by .9 (DTIME) at most once. If you intend to load in 10 increments over a time span of 1.0, use 0.1 for DTIME and 1.0 for TIME.

The program calculates the initial incremental time so that (EndingTime - StartingTime)/DTIME is an integer, which may affect the initial incremental time that you specify. For example, if the starting time is 0, the ending time is 1, and the initial incremental time is 0.4, the program rounds to the nearest integer and adjusts the time to 0.33333.

For solution efficiency, specify values for all fields of this command.

This command is also valid in PREP7.