nthe Guass points itself are a function of the displacements of the nodesnNo, that is not correct. The Gauss points have a location within the element, which is defined by the location of the nodes. Go to ANSYS Help and under Mechanical APDL, search for Gauss points.nThese strain and stress will also simplify to only having constants and unknown nodal displacements, right?nA system of equations for stress, strain and equilibrium gets written out in terms of unknown displacements during the assembly of the stiffness matrix.n