The given functions are related to the nodal quantities by:

**Table 11.1: Shape Function Labels**

Variable | Input/Output Label | Meaning |
---|---|---|

u | UX | Translation in the x (or s) direction |

v | UY | Translation in the y (or t) direction |

w | UZ | Translation in the x (or r) direction |

θ_{x}
| ROTX | Rotation about the x direction |

θ_{y}
| ROTY | Rotation about the y direction |

θ_{z}
| ROTZ | Rotation about the z direction |

A_{x}
| AX | X-component of vector magnetic potential |

A_{y}
| AY | Y-component of vector magnetic potential |

A_{z}
| AZ | Z-component of vector magnetic potential |

C | CONC | Concentration |

P | PRES | Pressure |

T | TEMP, TBOT, TE2, ... TTOP | Temperature |

V | VOLT | Electric potential or source current |

φ | MAG | Scalar magnetic potential |

The vector correspondences are not exact, since, for example, u, v, and w are in the element coordinate system, whereas UX, UY, UZ represent motions in the nodal coordinate system. Generally, the element coordinate system is the same as the global Cartesian system, except for:

Line elements (2-D Lines to Axisymmetric Harmonic Shells and General Axisymmetric Surfaces), where u motions are axial motions, and v and w are transverse motions.

Shell elements (3-D Shells), where u and v are in-plane motions and w is the out-of-plane motion.

Subscripted variables such as u_{J} refer
to the u motion at node J. When these same variables have numbers
for subscripts (e.g. u_{1}), nodeless variables
for extra shape functions are being referred to. Coordinates s, t,
and r are normalized, going from -1.0 on one side of the element to
+1.0 on the other, and are not necessarily orthogonal to one another.
L_{1}, L_{2}, L_{3}, and L_{4} are also normalized
coordinates, going from 0.0 at a vertex to 1.0 at the opposite side
or face.

Elements with midside nodes allow those midside nodes to be dropped in most cases. A dropped midside node implies that the edge is and remains straight, and that any other effects vary linearly along that edge.

Gaps are left in the equation numbering to allow for additions. Labels given in subsection titles within parentheses are used to relate the given shape functions to their popular names, where applicable.

Some elements in Element Library (notably the 8-node solids) imply that reduced element geometries (e.g., wedge) are not available. However, the tables in Element Library refer only to the available shape functions. In other words, the shape functions used for the 8-node brick is the same as the 6-node wedge.