Segmentation fault with ccx_2.19 dynamic modal analysis


I am using the ccx_2.19 pre-compiled binary.
I have slightly modified the example shell model shellf.inp to run a modal dynamic analysis:


The run fails with a segmentaiton error in the dynamic analysis step. I can’t see anything obvioulsy wrong in the input, but maybe I am missing something?


  1. I am able to run the other modal dynamic examples without errors (beamdy1, beamdy2, beamdy3, beamdy4, beamdy5, beamdy6, beamdy17).
  2. I set CCX_LOG_ALLOC=1 , but must admit not sure what to do with the output.

Any ideas as to the cause of the error would be very much appreciated, as well as solutions / work arounds. Thanks.

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maybe these:
shell elements are expanded into threedimensional elements !?
maybe you can try first a simulation with solid elements !?

Indeed, you are right, the shell elements are probably causing the error here (as I am able to run the solid element “beamdy” examples without difficulty)… But the geometry that I am meshing is 2D and so I do not want to transition to 3D elements from the start.

The manual (section 6.9.5 Modal dynamic analysis) seems to imply that *MODAL DYNAMIC should work with shell elements - and that is exactly the use-case I am trying to solve here. So to me this looks like a bug.

To investigate this further, I ran a straight forward *DYNAMIC analysis of the “shellf.inp” test example, with the following step definition:


This worked without problem and generates sensible data.

I noticed an interesting difference in the .12d output files between this run and the modal dynamic analysis:

  • the *MODAL DYNAMIC analysis generates mean rotation MPCs at the SPC’d and loaded nodes
  • the *DYNAMIC analysis generates knots at the SPC locations only


  1. Is there a way to force knot generation rather than MPCs? Assuming this might solve the problem.
  2. As an alternative workaround, is there a fast way of generating and saving an expanded shell model for further analysis? That way, I could run the frequency analysis directly on the 3D model to feed the dynamic modal analysis.
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maybe these can help for the second question:


after these you can send out the new mesh in pre
seta new e all
seta new n all
send new abq

you can have one example

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I changed the concentrated load by a distributed one and got same error. My guess is that there is a bug but, more investigation is needed.

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@OliviaS I don’t think there is a fast way to do number 2. I’ve experienced similar issues in the past and what I end up doing is expanding them manually and applying proper boundary conditions.

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Thanks @jbr and @dichtstoff for the comments on option 2). I might try to do this manually for a specific model of interest, but since the cgx/ccx analysis I would like to use is part of a parametric loop where geometry and mesh change, I might give automating this a go aswell at some point and maybe share the code with the community (since other people might run into simmilar problems with shells).

In the meantime, I hope this bug might get resolved in future releases… Would be happy to contribute or test again in the future - please get in touch.

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An option may be to use a gmsh script within your automated python code. If I recall correctly, there is a python wrapper for gmsh.

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Hi all,

I will look into that (Sept 2022).

Best greetings,


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