Multiple point constraints (MPC)

Multiple point constraints establish a relationship between degrees of freedom in one or more nodes. In this section, only linear relationships are considered (for nonlinear relations look at the keyword *MPC and section 8.7).They must be defined with the keyword *EQUATION before the first step. An inhomogeneous linear relationship can be defined by assigning the inhomogeneous term to one of the degrees of freedom (DOF) of a dummy node (using a SPC) and including this DOF in the MPC, thus homogenizing it. The numbering of the DOF's is the same as for SPC's (cf previous section). It is not allowed to mix thermal and mechanical degrees of freedom within one and the same MPC.