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*EQUATION

Keyword type: model definition

With this option, a linear equation constraint between arbitrary displacement components at any nodes where these components are active can be imposed. The equation is assumed to be homogeneous, and all variables are to be written on the left hand side of the equation. The first variable is considered to be the dependent one, and is subsequently eliminated from the equation, i.e. the corresponding degree of freedom does not show up in the stiffness matrix. This reduces the size of the matrix. A node can only be used once as the dependent node in an equation or in a SPC.

First line:

- *EQUATION

Following lines, in a set: First line of set:

- Number of terms in the equation.

Following lines of set (maximum 12 entries per line):

- Node number of the first variable.
- Degree of freedom at above node for the first variable.
- Value of the coefficient of the first variable.
- Node number of the second variable.
- Degree of freedom at above node for the second variable.
- Value of the coefficient of the second variable.
- Etc..

Example: *EQUATION 3 3,2,2.3,28,1,4.05,17,1,-8.22

defines an equation of the form , where u, v and w are the displacement for degree of freedom one, two and three, respectively.

Example files: achtel2, achtel29, achtel9, achtelcas, beamnlmpc.

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