3.1. Understanding Material Data Tables

A material data table is a series of constants that are interpreted when they are used. Data tables are always associated with a material number and are most often used to define nonlinear material data (stress-strain curves, creep constants, swelling constants, and magnetization curves). Other material properties are described in Linear Material Properties.

For some element types, the data table is used for special element input data other than material properties. The form of the data table (referred to as the TB table) depends upon the data being defined:

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