Block Format Keyword Describes the time history for multi-strand element.


(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
var_ID1 var_ID2 var_ID3 var_ID4 var_ID5 var_ID6 var_ID7 var_ID8 var_ID9 var_ID10
xelem_nb xelem_usr xelem_name      


Field Contents SI Unit Example
thgroup_ID TH group identifier

(Integer, maximum 10 digits)

thgroup_name TH group name

(Character, maximum 100 characters)

var_ID1, ...n Variables saved for TH (see table below)

(Character, maximum 8 characters)

xelem_ID Multi-strand element identifier


xelem_nb Strand order number for multi-strand element


xelem_usr Strand identifier given by you 4


xelem_name Name of the multi-strand element 4

(Character, maximum 80 characters)


TH Output Keyword & Variables

Keyword Object Saved Variables
NSTRAND Multi-strand OFF, FX, LX, IE

Table of Available Variables - Part 2

Keyword Variable Group Saved TH Variables

Output for NSTRAND

  • OFF: deactivation 5
  • FX and LX are given in the local frame.
  • IE: internal energy


  1. Available names are listed in the two tables above.

    In the first table, TH-variables are listed. If a TH-variable is requested, this variable is written.

    In the second table, other variable groups are listed. If a variable group is requested, all the associated TH-variables are written at once.

  2. Only one nstrand element is allowed for the group.
  3. Within a group, two xelem_usr must not be equal.
  4. Both xelem_usr and xelem_name appear in the Time History.
  5. OFF:
    • 0.0 deleted element
    • 1.0 active element
    • 2.0 (shells / solids): active element using small strain
    • Negative value -1/-2 when the element is on stand by due to rigid body

    Some intermediate values can be found during few cycles before element deletion (progressive reduction of off during a few cycles applies as a multiplicative factor to the stress, so that the stress is progressively vanished and element is deleted after ~ 10 cycles). This process applies to some element types, but not all.