## Function

- Divide selected elements and create nodes at the division points.

## Call

From the main menu, select **[Node/Element] tab > [General] group > [Divide] > [Divide Element]**

## Input

Divide Elements dialog box

#### Click to the right of Divide Elements

Display the Element Table.

### Start Number

**Node Number**

Assign a starting node number for the newly created nodes resulting from the division. This number is auto-set to the largest node number in use +1. To modify this item, click and select an option to specify a desired number.

**Element Number**

Assign a new starting element number for new elements being created. This number is auto-set to the largest element number in use +1. To modify this item, click and select an option to specify a desired number.

### Divide

**Element Type** : Assign the type of elements.

**Frame** : line element (Truss, Beam etc.)

**Planar** : planar element (Plate, Plane Stress etc.)

**Solid** : solid element (3-D solid element)

When dividing an existing 3D element that is already assigned to an arbitrary group, if you partition the element, the newly created 3D element will also be assigned to the same arbitrary group as the original element.

**Equal Distance** : To divide at equal distances

**Frame**

**Number of Divisions x** : Number of divisions in ECS x-direction

**Planar**

**Number of Divisions x** : Number of divisions in ECS x-direction

**Number of Divisions y** : Number of divisions in ECS y-direction

**Solid**

**Number of Divisions x** : Number of divisions in ECS x-direction

**Number of Divisions y** : Number of divisions in ECS y-direction

**Number of Divisions z** : Number of divisions in ECS z-direction

**Unequal Distance** : To divide at unequal distances

**Frame**

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS x-direction.

**Planar**

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS x-direction.

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS y-direction.

**Solid**

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS x-direction.

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS y-direction.

Enter unequal distances as many times as desired in ECS z-direction.

**Parametric Unequal Distance** : Unequal distances defined in terms of distance ratios

**Frame**

**Ratio x** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS x-direction

**Planar**

**Ratio x** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS x-direction

**Ratio y** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS y-direction

**Solid**

**Ratio x** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS x-direction

**Ratio y** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS y-direction

**Ratio z** : Relative unequal distance ratios in ECS z-direction

**Parallel Bracing**

Parallel Bracing is applicable for a structure with two posts such as a truss structure of a transmission tower. If the space between the two posts is connected by bracings, nodes are created and the post elements are divided so that the inclination of the bracings is constant irrespective of the inclination angle of the posts. The bracings so created are parallel to each other.

**Number of Division**

**Main Post Element(E1, E2)** : Assign two posts that will be connected by bracings

**Divide by Node**

Select an element and a node. Divide the element into two new elements using the node.

**Element to be divided** : Element being divided

**Node to divide element** : Node dividing the element

The Node to Divide Element dose not necessarily have to be on the Element to be Divided.

**Divide by Pattern**

Divide planar elements according to a defined pattern. Select the planar elements to be divided. The Base Edge or the Base Point, which forms the basis for dividing, will appear as reference in the Model Window.

**Divide Planar Elements using a Base Edge**

1. Select a division Pattern.

2. Select a Base Edge that will become the reference of division for the selected elements.

**Divide Planar Elements using a Base Point**

1. Select a division Pattern.

2. Select a Base Point that will become the reference of division for the selected elements.

**Divide Planar Element using a Defined Pattern**

1. Select a division Pattern.

Base Edge and Base Point define the application direction of a Pattern. They do not affect the structural analysis.

**Merge Duplicate Nodes**

Merge overlapping nodes to single nodes if new nodes coincide with existing nodes. Click to modify the Merging Tolerance.