I have a cylinder with shell mesh. on its axis I have a beam with the same length of the cylinder. I want to create an RBE2 between each end edge nodes of the cylinder and the corresponding end node of the beam. how is this possible using APDL ?


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Assuming top_beam_n is a component with the upper end node of the beam, top_cyl_n is a component with the upper end nodes of the cylinder, you can do:



  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot ! but I would also like to know how to collect the end nodes in top_cyl_n and maybe also the beam $\endgroup$ Aug 28, 2019 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ You could select nodes by location with a nsel,s,loc,z,0 in csys,4 with your workplane located at the top of the beam. $\endgroup$
    – Öskå
    Aug 28, 2019 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much ! when I get the locations this way, will they also be put in the set named "S" already ? $\endgroup$ Aug 28, 2019 at 11:31
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    $\begingroup$ You should check the help for the nsel command. The sin that case stands for "Select" and means that you select every nodes where the workplace is located. If you want to separate the nodes attached the areas/lines, you can do something like esll,s and then nsle,s for lines, and esla,s and then nsle,s for areas. $\endgroup$
    – Öskå
    Aug 28, 2019 at 11:36

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