Wenlong
Ansys Employee

Hello Zoë,


The following comment is from the Ansys documentation "Based upon how you apply loads to a structure, load factors can either be positive or negative. The application sorts load factors from the most negative values to the most positive values. The minimum buckling load factor may correspond to the smallest eigenvalue in absolute value."


You can find the detailed information here: https://ansyshelp.ansys.com/account/secured?returnurl=/Views/Secured/corp/v201/en/wb_sim/ds_buckling_analysis_type.html?q=negative%20load%20factor


If you have trouble accessing the Ansys help, please refer to this post: https://studentcommunity.ansys.com/thread/how-to-access-the-ansys-online-help


Regards,


Wenlong