This MPC is used to specify that the (Euclidean) distance between two nodes a and b must not exceed a given distance d. A fictitious node c must be defined using the *NODE card. The distance d should be assigned to the first coordinate of c, the other coordinates are arbitrary. The first DOF of c should be assigned a value of zero by means of a *BOUNDARY card. Since all DOFs of nodes a and b are used in the MPC, these nodes must be listed three times. Notice that due to this MPC discontinuities can arise.
Example: *NODE 262,7.200000,0.,0. *MPC DIST,129,129,129,10,10,10,262 .. *STEP *STATIC *BOUNDARY 262,1,1,0. .. *END STEP
specifies a maximum distance MPC. The distance between nodes 129 and 10 is not allowed to exceed 7.2 units.
Example file: dist.