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Ansys Matrix Sorting and Reordering


The *MOPER command has a sort which can be quite convenient. Here's an example of sorting the matrix of different columns consecutively.

! Creates Matrix
*dim, mymatrix, array, 5, 3
mymatrix(1, 1) = 4
mymatrix(2, 1) = 7
mymatrix(3, 1) = 4
mymatrix(4, 1) = 1
mymatrix(5, 1) = 4

mymatrix(1, 2) = 42
mymatrix(2, 2) = 78
mymatrix(3, 2) = 42
mymatrix(4, 2) = 16
mymatrix(5, 2) = 22

mymatrix(1, 3) = 3
mymatrix(2, 3) = 8
mymatrix(3, 3) = 2
mymatrix(4, 3) = 6
mymatrix(5, 3) = 5

! Writes Original Matrix
*cfopen, origmatrix, txt 
*vwrite, mymatrix(1,1), mymatrix(1,2), mymatrix(1,3)
(E20.5, ' ', E20.5, ' ', E20.5)

The original "mymatrix" is:
4 42 3
7 78 8
4 42 2
1 16 6
4 22 5

! Reorder Matrix by first column, then second, then third
*dim, ordering,,5 ! Ordering index array
*moper, ordering(1), mymatrix(1,1), sort, , 1,2,3 ! ordering column

! Writes Sorted Matrix
*cfopen, newmatrix, txt 
*vwrite, mymatrix(1,1), mymatrix(1,2), mymatrix(1,3)
(E20.5, ' ', E20.5, ' ', E20.5)

The new "mymatrix" that is sorted is now:
1 16 6
4 22 5
4 42 2
4 42 3
7 78 8

The ordering array contains the initial row position which could be useful if the matrix is to be put back together. "ordering":

Note that *VWRITE cannot be run within the GUI but must be called from a file using /INPUT or *USE. The Ansys script can be found here [Link].


  1. Hi Jason, your pages are nice inputs for someone involved in APDL. I have a small question, do you have any idea why the last column above, 3rd col, is not sorted whereas others are sorted. You mention in the comment that it sorts by first, then second and then third column but this does not happen. The result should be different if you sort according to col 3 at the end but indeed ANSYS gives the result you printed, I am a bit confused... Thx

    1. Hi Umut, The third column is sorted as well. This can be found in the third and fourth row, "2" comes before "3". Kind regards, Jason


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