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Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

(OP)
What's the best way to represent an edge weld for two shell structures modeled at midplane? I want to extract weld force to design the welds by hand.

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RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

You can define connectors between the opposite nodes. Or use MPC for that.

RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

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An MPC needs one control point to connect to multiple nodes correct? Would that work to simulate a weld?

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RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

No, when you apply MPC BEAM or MPC TIE, for example, you need 2 nodes and constraint is applied between them. Check the documentation chapter "General multi-point constraints".

RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

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Thanks FEAway. Tie constraint seems to work great, but not sure how to output the tie forces to design the welds.

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RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

Actually, I meant MPC TIE, not regular tie constraint. But if you want to get forces then connectors might be the best choice.

RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

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Great. A basic connector with U1, U2, U3 seems to work well. Is there an easy answer to "how do I see the connector forces in postprocessing?". If not I can find it in the user manual I'm sure

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RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

Connectors have their own output variables, including various types of forces. You can request the CTF variable to get total force in each direction for each connector.

RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

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Last question here, the user manual isn't very clear. To request connecter force, you must request from the "set" option. What should be included in the set? The wires that the connectors are attached to? There is no option available for the connector set.

How do you see the connector force in the results module after connector force is requested?



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RE: Simulating Welded Connection Between Two Welded Mid-surfaced Shells

Yes, you should select a set to which the wires belong.

When viewing the results you have to enable this option: View --> ODB Display Options --> Entity Display --> Show connectors.

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