Sorts nodal data.

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Label identifying the item to be sorted on. Valid item labels are shown in the table below. Some items also require a component label.


Component of the item (if required). Valid component labels are shown in the table below.


Order of sort operation:



Sort into descending order.



Sort into ascending order.


Absolute value key:



Sort according to real value.



Sort according to absolute value.


Number of nodal data records to be sorted in ascending or descending order (ORDER) before sort is stopped (remainder will be in unsorted sequence) (defaults to all nodes).


Allows selection of nodes in the sorted field.



No selection (default).



Select the nodes in the sorted list.

Command Default

Use ascending node-number order.


Values are in the active coordinate system [CSYS for input data or RSYS for results data]. Various element results also depend upon the recalculation method and the selected results location [AVPRIN, RSYS, SHELL, ESEL, and NSEL]. If simultaneous load cases are stored, the last sorted sequence formed from any load case applies to all load cases. Use NUSORT to restore the original order. This command is not valid with PowerGraphics.

Table 203:  NSORT - Valid Item and Component Labels

Valid Item and Component Labels NSORT, Item,Comp,ORDER,KABS,NUMB,SEL
Valid item and component labels for input values are:
LOCX, Y, ZX, Y, or Z location.
ANGXY, YZ, ZXTHXY, THYZ, or THZX rotation angle.

Table 204:  NSORT - Valid Item and Component Labels for Nodal DOF Result Values

UX, Y, Z, SUMX, Y, or Z structural displacement or vector sum.
ROTX, Y, Z, SUMX, Y, or Z structural rotation or vector sum.
TEMP Temperature (includes TEMP, TBOT, TE2, TE3, . . ., TTOP values).
PRES Pressure.
VOLT Electric potential.
MAG Magnetic scalar potential.
VX, Y, Z, SUMX, Y, or Z fluid velocity or vector sum.
AX, Y, Z, SUMX, Y, or Z magnetic vector potential or vector sum.
CONC Concentration
CURR Current.
EMF Electromotive force drop.

Table 205:  NSORT - Valid Item and Component Labels for Element Result Values

SX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent stress.
"1, 2,3Principal stress.
"INT, EQVStress intensity or equivalent stress.
EPTOX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent total strain (EPEL + EPPL + EPCR).
"1, 2, 3Principal total strain.
"INT, EQVTotal strain intensity or total equivalent strain.
EPELX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent elastic strain.
"1, 2, 3Principal elastic strain.
"INT, EQVElastic strain intensity or elastic equivalent strain.
EPPLX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent plastic strain.
"1, 2, 3Principal plastic strain.
"INT, EQVPlastic strain intensity or plastic equivalent strain.
EPCRX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent creep strain.
"1, 2, 3Principal creep strain.
"INT, EQVCreep strain intensity or creep equivalent strain.
EPTHX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent thermal strain.
"1, 2, 3Principal thermal strain.
"INT, EQVThermal strain intensity or thermal equivalent strain.
EPSW Swelling strain.
EPDIX, Y, Z, XY, YZ, XZComponent diffusion strain.
"1, 2, 3Principal diffusion strain.
"INT, EQVDiffusion strain intensity or diffusion equivalent strain.
NLSEPLEquivalent stress (from stress-strain curve).
"SRATStress state ratio.
"HPRESHydrostatic pressure.
"EPEQAccumulated equivalent plastic strain.
"PSVPlastic state variable.
"PLWKPlastic work/volume.
FAILMAXMaximum of all active failure criteria defined at the current location. (See the FCTYP command for details.) [1]
"EMAXMaximum Strain Failure Criterion [1]
"SMAXMaximum Stress Failure Criterion [1]
"TWSITsai-Wu Strength Index Failure Criterion [1]
"TWSRInverse of Tsai-Wu Strength Ratio Index Failure Criterion [1]
"HFIBHashin Fiber Failure Criterion. [1][2]
"HMATHashin Matrix Failure Criterion. [1][2]
"PFIBPuck Fiber Failure Criterion. [1][2]
"PMATPuck Matrix Failure Criterion. [1][2]
"USR1, USR2, ..., USR9User-defined failure criteria [1][2][3]
CONTSTAT [4]Contact status.
"PENEContact penetration.
"PRESContact pressure.
"SFRICContact friction stress.
"STOTContact total stress (pressure plus friction).
"SLIDEContact sliding distance.
TGX, Y, Z, SUMComponent thermal gradient or vector sum.
TFX, Y, Z, SUMComponent thermal flux or vector sum.
PGX, Y, Z, SUMComponent pressure gradient or vector sum.
EFX, Y, Z, SUMComponent electric field or vector sum.
DX, Y, Z, SUMComponent electric flux density or vector sum.
HX, Y, Z, SUMComponent magnetic field intensity or vector sum.
BX, Y, Z, SUMComponent magnetic flux density or vector sum.
CGX, Y, Z, SUMComponent concentration gradient or vector sum
DFX, Y, Z, SUMComponent diffusion flux density or vector sum
FMAGX, Y, Z, SUMComponent electromagnetic forces or vector sum.

  1. Works only if failure criteria information is provided. (For more information, see the documentation for the FC and TB commands.)

  2. Must be added via the FCTYP command first.

  3. Works only if user failure criteria routine is provided.

  4. For more information about contact status and its possible values, see Reviewing Results in POST1 in the Contact Technology Guide.

Menu Paths

Main Menu>General Postproc>List Results>Sorted Listing>Sort Nodes
Utility Menu>Parameters>Get Scalar Data

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