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ANSYS Meshing – Element Order

Source: ANSYS HELP

The global Element Order option allows you to control whether meshes are to be created with midside nodes (quadratic elements) or without midside nodes (linear elements). Reducing the number of midside nodes reduces the number of degrees of freedom. Choices for the global Element Order option include Program ControlledLinear, and Quadratic.

  • Both linear and quadratic elements are supported for 2D axisymmetric models. This includes support for 2D linear and quadratic inflation layers on axisymmetric parts. You must set Element Order to Linear to obtain linear elements in such cases.
  • Both linear and quadratic elements are supported for 2D shell and line models. This includes support for 2D linear and quadratic inflation layers on shell models.

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