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Automatic Bonding Between Touching Entities

Enhanced algorithms automatically bond touching entities for the following cases:

  • A face or edge of a shell with a solid.

  • A face or edge of a shell with another shell.

  • A face of a shell with a structural member.

Shells refer to both sheet metals and surfaces. You can apply loads, fixtures, contacts and connectors to the sheet metal and they get transferred to the mid-surface automatically. See Applying Loads and Fixtures to Shells.

For touching faces of sheet metal components that mesh with shells created at mid-surfaces, the program transfers the bonding contact to mid-surface shells automatically.

Surface edge touching a sheet metal face

Side view of mesh (zoomed)

Sheet metal faces touching each other

View of Mesh at Mid-Surfaces

Solid face touching a sheet metal face

Side view of mesh (zoomed)

Bonding between touching structural members with a sheet metal face is also automatically created and transferred to mid-surface shells.

Structural members touching a sheet metal face

Side view of mesh (zoomed)

Note: You need to manually define bonding for touching non-planar faces that mesh with shell elements. However, automatic bonding occurs for touching edges of surfaces with non-planar faces.

Touching non-planar faces of shells

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