EN, IEL, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P
Defines an element by its number and node connectivity.

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Number assigned to element being defined. If IEL = P, graphical picking is enabled and all remaining command fields are ignored (valid only in the GUI).


Number of node assigned to first nodal position (node I).

J, K, L, M, N, O, P

Number assigned to second (node J) through eighth (node P) nodal position, if any.


Defines an element by its nodes and attribute values. Similar to the E command except it allows the element number (IEL) to be defined explicitly. Element numbers need not be consecutive. Any existing element already having this number will be redefined.

Up to 8 nodes may be specified with the EN command. If more nodes are needed for the element, use the EMORE command. The number of nodes required and the order in which they should be specified are described in the Element Reference for each element type. The current (or default) MAT, TYPE, REAL, SECNUM, and ESYS attribute values are also assigned to the element.

When creating elements with more than 8 nodes using this command and the EMORE command, it may be necessary to turn off shape checking using the SHPP command before issuing this command. If a valid element type can be created without using the additional nodes on the EMORE command, this command will create that element. The EMORE command will then modify the element to include the additional nodes. If shape checking is active, it will be performed before the EMORE command is issued. Therefore, if the shape checking limits are exceeded, element creation may fail before the EMORE command modifies the element into an acceptable shape.

Menu Paths

Main Menu>Preprocessor>Modeling>Create>Elements>User Numbered>Thru Nodes

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