Replacing 3-point bending test without the supports and loading pin ? Solid and shell
Lately I have been trying to examine the various was I can fully simulate a 3-point bending test with my sandwich plate with using both shell cylinders and solid rods while my main body consists of solid elements (I am planning on making a shell body as well).
More than one time I have faced issues with the supports and loading pin like experiencing loss of contact or lack of constraints.
1) Solid model with shell cylinders
2) Solid body with solid rods
Is there a way when working with solid elements for the main component to simulate exactly the same simulation but without the additional geometry of the frictionless supports and the top loading bar ?
I know in shell I can split the faces, makes lines and just use simply supported and also have a force from the top be applied, but I am only interested in solid elements at this moment.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions.