[Gmsh] lower-dimensional elements in .inp files

Collin Becker beckercr82 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 00:02:08 CET 2014

I am trying to use gmsh to define sets of nodes to use later in calculix to
define loads and contact.  Principally I have been dealing with 2d models,
but I have the same problem in 3d models:

When I define my physical groups to be just a surface then all the elements
in the .inp file I export are plane stress elements.  This is fine, but I
would really like the .inp file to include some node sets for me.  So, if I
add a physical group as the edge of my surface, then I get T3D2 elements in
the .inp file which are undesirable.

I attached a simple example file that shows the T3D2 elements.  So to
summarize, I just want a .inp file with plane stress elements and then a
few named sets composed of the nodes on the edge of the model.


Collin Becker
beckercr82 at gmail.com
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