4.7.1.2. eleLoad command

eleLoad('-ele', *eleTags, '-range', eleTag1, eleTag2, '-type', '-beamUniform', Wy, Wz=0.0, Wx=0.0, '-beamPoint', Py, Pz=0.0, xL, Px=0.0, '-beamThermal', *tempPts)

The eleLoad command is used to construct an ElementalLoad object and add it to the enclosing LoadPattern.

eleTags (list (int)) tag of PREVIOUSLY DEFINED element
eleTag1 (int) element tag
eleTag2 (int) element tag
Wx (float) mag of uniformily distributed ref load acting in direction along member length. (optional)
Wy (float) mag of uniformily distributed ref load acting in local y direction of element
Wz (float) mag of uniformily distributed ref load acting in local z direction of element. (optional and only for 3D)
Px (float) mag of ref point load acting in direction along member length. (optional)
Py (float) mag of ref point load acting in local y direction of element
Pz (float) mag of ref point load acting in local z direction of element. (optional and only for 3D)
xL (float) location of point load relative to node I, prescribed as fraction of element length
tempPts (list (float)) temperature points: temPts = [T1, y1, T2, y2, ..., T9, y9] Each point (T1, y1) define a temperature and location. This command may accept 2,5 or 9 temperature points.

Note

  1. The load values are reference loads values, it is the time sereries that provides the load factor. The load factor times the reference values is the load that is actually applied to the node.
  2. At the moment, eleLoads do not work with 3D beam-column elements if Corotational geometric transformation is used.