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# Element Area

## Element Area

(OP)
Is it possible to plot or obtain the element area in abaqus?

### RE: Element Area

Assume you're talking about shell elements. Generate new results, the element area, by dividing the element volume (EVOL) by the element thickness (ETH). Should work

Pam

### RE: Element Area

(OP)
Thanks pam for your insight. But could u be more clear. Like is there a card you are talking about for this purpose. And I am using solid elements in my model. Thanks for your time.
Kota

### RE: Element Area

I am talking about abaqus viewer where u can do mathematical operations between the results.

Please be more clear. If u r using volumetric elements what element exactly you're looking for ?

Pam

### RE: Element Area

Sorry, typing error

I am talking about abaqus viewer where u can do mathematical operations between the results.

Please be more clear. If u r using volumetric elements what element -area- exactly you're looking for ?

Pam

### RE: Element Area

(OP)
i am trying to find force along a cross section by getting the element stress for which i need the element area. Also i could find evol but i didnt find ETH anywhere. How exactly should i go abt this?

### RE: Element Area

The resultant forces within a solid will be zero as they are balanced by the forces of surrounding elements. If you want the forces at a particular section within the solid then unslect those elements to one side and then plot reaction forces. The internal forces within the solid will then be shown.

corus

### RE: Element Area

Sorry, the thickness is STH and not ETH. Makes only sense for 2D elements !

### RE: Element Area

Have you tried to output NFORC?  That will give you the force at the nodes

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