I/O Options and Subcase Information Entry The THICKNESS command can be used in the I/O Options section to request thickness output for elements referencing a PSHELL, PCOMP or PCOMPP properties in size (parameter)/free-size optimization and analysis runs.


THICKNESS (format_list, comp, corner) = option


Argument Options Description
format <HM, H3D, blank>
Results are output in HyperMesh results format (.res file).
Results are output in Hyper3D format (.h3d file).
blank (Default)
Results are output in all active formats for which the result is available. 1 2

Default = DESIGN

Thickness results are output for all plies.
DESIGN, blank
Thickness results are output for designable plies only.
No ply thickness results are output.
corner <CORNER, blank>
Thickness at the element corners are available as output.
blank (Default)
Corner thickness results are not available as output .
option <YES, ALL, NO, NONE>

Default = YES

YES, ALL, blank
Thickness results are output.
Thickness results are not output.


  1. Thickness results are available for analysis runs, size (parameter)/free-size optimization for elements referencing PSHELL, PCOMP and PCOMPP properties only.
    Note: For analysis runs, large displacement nonlinear analysis is also supported with incremental result output (via NLOUT).
  2. When the THICKNESS command is not present, thickness results are output by default for optimization runs. THICKNESS results for analysis runs, however, are not output by default and will be output only if the THICKNESS Data Entry is present in the solver deck. For analysis runs with the THICKNESS entry, load the .h3d file in HyperView and select Design from the drop-down menu in the Results Browser to see the Thickness results.
  3. When thickness results are output to the .h3d file, percentage thickness change is also output (for optimization runs).
  4. Outputting the density results in all simulations allows analysis results to be plotted on the density iso-surface in HyperView.
  5. The frequency of this output is controlled by the DESIGN keyword on the OUTPUT entry.
  6. Multiple formats are allowed on the same entry; these should be comma separated. If a format is not specified, this output control applies to all formats defined by the OUTPUT command, for which the result is available.
  7. Multiple instances of this card are allowed. If instances are conflicting, the last instance dominates.