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ANSYS COMMANDS and Acronyms

ACRONYMS:
Definition
Menu
Path
DMX maximum deflection
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Deformed
Shape - or
- Contour
Plot (look
in the
legend)
SEPC Structural % Error in Energy Norm
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Deformed
Shape
(look in
the
legend)
SERR Structural Error Energy
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Contour
Plot >
Element
Solu >
Error
Estimation
>
Structural
Error
Energy
SMN minimum result value on plot
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Contour
Plot
(legend)
SMNB result value, minimum bound estimate
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Contour
Plot
(legend)
SMX maximum result value on plot
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Contour
Plot
(legend)
SMXB result value, maximum bound estimate
General
Postproc
> Plot
Results >
Contour
Plot
(legend)
Plotting Commands:
kplot ! all selected keypoints
lplot ! all selected lines
aplot ! all selected areas
vplot ! all selected volumes
These plot commands can also do a "range" of entities:
VPLOT,3,7 ! plots volumes 3 thru 7
APLOT,4 ! plots only area no. 4
LPLOT,11,21,10 ! plots lines 11 and 21
nplot ! all selected nodes
eplot ! all selected elements
/rep ! replot (= refresh)
nplot,1 ! plots all nodes with node no. shown
gplot ! does a multi-plot
multi-plot settings (under PlotCtrls) determine which
entities you see
pldi
pldi,2
plns,s,eqv
plns,s,x
plns,temp
ONLY in POST1 (the general postproc.):
PLDI ! deformed shape plot
PLDI,2 ! deform. shape + undeform. edge
PLNS,xx,yy ! contour nodal solution results
PLES,SERR ! elem. solution plot of SERR
ples,serr
plvar,2
ONLY in POST26 (the time-history postproc)
PLVAR,m,n,o ! graphs variables m, n, o
Listing Commands:
nlist ! all selected nodes
elist ! all selected elements
klist ! all selected keypoints
llist ! all selected lines
alist ! all selected areas
vlist ! all selected volumes
These list commands can include a "range" of
entities:
VLIST,3,7 ! lists volumes 3 thru 7
ALIST,4 ! lists only area no. 4
LLIST,11,21,10 ! lists lines 11 and 21
etlis ! all element types
mplis ! all material properties
rlist ! all real constants
cslis ! all coordinate systems
These list commands can include "range"
MPLIST,1 ! lists only material 1 props
RLIST,3,5 ! lists real const. 3, 4, and 5
prrs ! reaction solution ONLY in POST1 (the general postprocessor)
prvar,2 ! time-hist. variable 2
ONLY in POST26 (the time-history postprocessor)
PRVAR,m,n,o ! lists variables m, n, o

Enter different "processors"
/prep7 ! preprocessor
/solu ! solution processor
/post1 ! general postproc.
/post26 ! time-history postpr
finish ! exit from any processor
/exit ! leave ANSYS, saves DB
/exit,nosav ! quit ANSYS, no DB is
saved
Selecting
ALLSEL ! select everything
VSEL,S,P ! select from all volumes by picking
ASEL,S,TYPE,,1 ! select areas elem type (1)
LSEL,S,LENG,,0.5,0.7 ! select lines by len
KSEL,S,loc, ! select keypoints by picking
NSEL,S,loc,x,0,4 ! select nodes by location
ESEL,S,MAT,,1 ! select elements by material

ASLV,S, ! select areas on selected volumes
NSLL,S,1 ! select nodes on lines (incl. ends)
ASEL,S,EXT ! select areas on exterior of vols
ESLN,S,0 ! select elements w/any node selected
xSEL,n,....
where n is:
S = "from full"
R = "from current set"
U = "unselect"
A = "also select"