Integration points for shell elements

Hi there,

Does anyone know how the exact locations of the integration points for shell elements are determined? I understand that there will be two integration points across the shell thickness for each composite layer, does that mean they are located at the top and bottom surfaces of the layer?

Alternatively, is there any way of outputting the coordinates of the integration points?

Thanks,
Rachael

Check this recent thread, it should answer pretty much all of your questions:

This reminds me of a script I wrote to find total forces and moments through any cross-section of solid elements in I-DEAS. Not sure if calculix can print that out ? I think abaqus can do it.