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Thermal load - structural-only analysis

In this example a steel frame is subjected to a thermal load which results in thermal expansion of the structure. The simulation is set up as 'structural-only' analysis using (static) implicit time integration. For the definition of the thermal load the keyword *LOAD_THERMAL_LOAD_CURVE is used. The temperature of the steel frame is initially at 20.0 °C and is ramped up to 200 °C. For the definition of the material properties a simple elastic model is used while the coefficient of thermal expansion for the parts is defined by *MAT_ADD_THERMAL_EXPANSION.