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## 7.12  Element selection

feutil FindElt supports a number of element selection criteria that are used by many functions. An element selection command is specified by giving a string command (for example 'GroupAll') to be applied on a model (nodes, elements, possibly alternate element set).

Basic commands are :

• [eltind,elt] = feutil('findelt selector',model);
or elt = feutil('selelt selector',model); this command applies the specified element selection command to a model structure. For example,
[eltind,selelt] = feutil('findelt eltname bar1',model) selects the elements in model.Elt which type is bar1.
• [eltind,elt] = feutil('findelt selector',model);
this command applies the specified element selection command to the standard global matrices FEnode, FEelt, FEel0, …For example, [eltind,selelt] = feutil('findelt eltname bar1',model) selects the elements in FEelt which type is bar1.

Output arguments are eltind the selected elements indices in the element description matrix and selelt the selected elements.

Accepted selectors are

 ConnectedTo i finds elements in a group that contains the nodes i. This calls feutil DivideInGroups and thus only operates on groups of elements of a single type. EGID i finds elements with element group identifier i. Operators accepted. EltId i finds elements with identifiers i in FEelt. Operators accepted. EltInd i finds elements with indices i in FEelt. Operators accepted. EltName s finds elements with element name s. EltName flui will select all elements with name starting with flui. EltName ~= flui will select all elements with name not starting with flui. One can select superelements from their name using EltName SE:SEName. Facing > cos x y z finds topologically 2-D elements whose normal projected on the direction from the element CG to x y z has a value superior to cos. Inequality operations are accepted. Group i finds elements in group(s) i. Operators accepted. InNode i finds elements with all nodes in the set i. Nodes numbers in i can be replaced by a string between braces defining a node selection command. For example feutil('FindElt withnode {y>-230 & NodeId>1000}',model). MatId i finds elements with MatId equal to i. Relational operators are also accepted (MatId =1:3, ...). ProId i finds elements with ProId equal to i. Operators accepted. WithNode i finds elements with at least one node in the set i. i can be a list of node numbers. Replacements for i are accepted as above. Set i finds elements in element set(s) based on the .ID field (see set stack entries). Elements belonging to any set of ID of value i will be selected. SetName s finds elements in element set named s (see set stack entries). Alternative calls to more advanced sets based on connectivity are possible, SetName "name:con IdList" can be used to select a subset connected to nodes in the IdList (assuming the .NodeCon field is defined). SetName "name:subname" can be used to select a subset in the set by connectivity format (see set). WithoutNode i finds elements without any of the nodes in the set i. i can be a list of node numbers. Replacements for i are accepted as above.

 SelEdge type selects the external edges (lines) of the currently selected elements (any element selected before the SelEdge selector), any further selector is applied on the model resulting from the SelEdge command rather than on the original model. The -All option skips the internal edge elimination step. It can be combined with option -noUni to keep edge duplicates between elements. Type g retains inter-group edges. m retains inter-material edges. Type p retains inter-property edges. all retains all edges. The MatId for the resulting model identifies the original properties of each side of the edge. The edge number is stored in the column after EltId. SelFace type selects the external faces (surfaces) of the currently selected elements. The face number is stored in the column after EltId to allow set generation. See more details under SelEdge. The -All option skips the internal face elimination step. Warning: the face number stored in the column after the EltId column interferes with the Theta property for shell elements (see quad4,tria3). If the selection output will be used as elements in a model, ensure that the Theta property is properly set for your application.

Different selectors can be chained using the logical operations & (finds elements that verify both conditions), | (finds elements that verify one or both conditions). i1=feutil('FindEltGroup 1:3 & with node 1 8',model) for example. Condition combinations are always evaluated from left to right (parentheses are not accepted). Note that SelEdge and SelFace selectors do not output elements of the mesh but new elements of respectively 1D or 2D topology, so that some combinations may not be directly possible (e.g. if later combined to Group selector).

Command option epsl value can be used to give an evaluation tolerance for equality logical operators.

Numeric values to the command can be given as additional arguments. Thus the command above could also have been written i1=feutil('findelt group & withnode',model,1:3,[1 8]).