Ansys Employee
The elements are not penetrating/intersecting, it is just a 3d visual representation of a 2d element. You could turn of the thickness display to visualize the zero thickness 2d elements on the surface which are used to calculate stress/strains. These results are then extrapolated over the thickness. If you have a thin solid body with multiple thickness surfaces, you could extract the mid-surface(
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), specify thickness values to each surface and use this for meshing.
Regards Ishan.