Erik Kostson
Ansys Employee
We need to have a surface body to mesh it with shell elements - a volume body is meshed with solid 3D elements, and of course then we can not convert them to shells (e.g., 281 or 181).nnThe best would be to mesh the plate with a hex mesh and use the solid shell element (solsh190).nnThat would be the best approach for your plate.nnSee how we can use those solid shell elements:nIf not possible to use solsh190, use solid186 with at least 2 through the thickness.nnAll the bestnn