Keyword type: step
This option is used to save selected element variables averaged at the nodal points in a frd file (extension .frd) for subsequent viewing by CalculiX GraphiX. The options and its use are identical with the *EL FILE keyword, however, the resulting .frd file is a mixture of binary and ASCII (the .frd file generated by using *EL FILE is completely ASCII). This has the advantage that the file is smaller and can be faster read by cgx.
If FILE and OUTPUT cards are mixed within one and the same step the last such card will determine whether the .frd file is completely in ASCII or a mixture of binary and ASCII.
Example: *ELEMENT OUTPUT S,PEEQ
requests that the (Cauchy) stresses and the equivalent plastic strain is stored in .frd format for subsequent viewing with CalculiX GraphiX.
Example files: cubespring.