Mapdl.octype(datatype='', name='', **kwargs)

Specifies the type of ocean load data to follow.


  • datatype

    The type of ocean data to be input following this command:

    BASIC - The basic ocean load, required for any ocean loading.

    CURR - An optional drift current.

    WAVE - An optional ocean wave state.

  • name – An eight-character name for the ocean load. An ocean name can consist of letters and numbers, but cannot contain punctuation, special characters, or spaces.


The OCTYPE command specifies the type of ocean load data to follow (basic, current, or wave). Issue this command before defining your ocean load data (OCDATA and OCTABLE).

Ocean loading applies only to current-technology pipe (PIPE288 and PIPE289), surface (SURF154), link (LINK180) and beam (BEAM188 and BEAM189) elements.

An ocean current or wave is accessible repeatedly. For example, it is not necessary to input an identical current table again just because the drag coefficients of the basic input table have changed.

The following example shows how you can use the basic (DataType = BASIC), current (DataType = CURR), and wave (DataType = WAVE) ocean data types within the context of a simple input file fragment: