Hi Connor,

You didn't request 2 elements across the gap, only 1.  You can also change back to Quadratic Element Order, that helps it to finish.

You are slowing down your solution somewhat by requiring 12 steps to get to the final load of 54 kN. Each step by default is taking 4 substeps to get there.  If instead you only requested 4 steps of 13.5 kN each increment, it might get to the final load with less total increments.

Looks like one of the studs is buckling.