Jim Day
Ansys Employee
Just as with any other beam element, it will appear as a 1D, 2-noded element. It is possible, though not mandatory, for the two nodes to be coincident since it's a "discrete" beam element (beam formulation 6). To view the local r,s,t coordinate system for the element, read the keyword input file into LS-PrePost and select EleTol>Ident>Element>Beam>Elem Dir . If you see only the r-axis, then modify the keyword input to add a third node N3 in *ELEMENT_BEAM, which will serve to orient the s- and t-axes. For beam formulation 6, the ASCII output file disbout may be useful. To write this output file, include the keyword *DATABASE_DISBOUT in your keyword input file and specify the desired output interval in time units.