Sums the nodal forces and moments of elements attached to nodes.
Specifies the selected set of nodes for summing forces and moments for contact elements.
Sums the nodal forces of elements for all selected nodes and excludes contact elements (elements 169-177).
Sums the nodal forces of elements for contact nodes only.
Sums the nodal forces of elements for all selected nodes, including contact elements.
Sums and prints, in each component direction for each selected node, the nodal force and moment contributions of the selected elements attached to the node. If all elements are selected, the sums are usually zero except where constraints or loads are applied. The nodal forces and moments may be displayed [/PBC,FORC and /PBC,MOME]. Use PRESOL to print nodal forces and moments on an element-by-element basis. You can use the FORCE command to specify which component (static, damping, inertia, or total) of the nodal load is to be used. Nodal forces associated with surface loads are not included.
This vector sum is printed in the global Cartesian system. Moment summations are about the global origin unless another point is specified with the SPOINT command. The summations for each node are printed in the global Cartesian system unless transformed [RSYS]. This command is generally not applicable to axisymmetric models because moment information from the NFORCE command is not correct for axisymmetric elements.
Selecting a subset of elements [ESEL] and
then issuing this command will give the forces and moments required
to maintain equilibrium of that set of elements. The effects of nodal
coupling and constraint equations are ignored. The option
ITEM = CONT provides the forces and moments for the
contact elements (CONTA171, CONTA172, CONTA173, CONTA174, CONTA175, CONTA176, and CONTA177). Setting
ITEM = BOTH provides the forces and moments for all selected nodes, including
This command also includes the FSUM command function which vectorially sums and prints, in each component direction for the total selected node set, the nodal force and moment contributions of the selected elements attached to the selected node set.
When using NFORCE in a spectrum analysis after the combination file has been input (/INPUT,,MCOM), or in a PSD analysis when postprocessing 1-sigma results (loadstep 3, 4, or 5), the following message will display in the printout header:
(Spectrum analysis summation is used)
This message means that the summation of the element nodal forces is performed prior to the combination of those forces. In this case, RSYS does not apply. The forces are in the nodal coordinate systems, and the vector sum is always printed in the global coordinate system.
The spectrum analysis summation is available
when the element results are written to the mode file, Jobname.MODE (
MSUPkey = Yes on the MXPAND command).
Because modal displacements cannot be used to calculate contact
element nodal forces,
ITEM does not apply
to spectrum and PSD analyses.