June 12, 2018 at 11:12 amsaraahf1Subscriber
I'm trying to create a contact between 2 nodes and I would like to define a initial gap between this two elements because initially they are separated with 5mm and the contact only can occurs if the force is sufficient to move both elements more than the defined gap. Does anybody know how to define the dimensions of the gap?
This is the part of code where I've created the contact.
June 12, 2018 at 11:18 ampeteroznewmanSubscriber
You should read this thread for info on COMBIN40 element which allows you to easily define a gap between two nodes.
June 12, 2018 at 12:07 pmsaraahf1Subscriber
Is it the same way to use it with CONTA178?
June 12, 2018 at 1:21 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
Both CONTA178 and COMBIN40 will use the initial locations of the two nodes as the initial gap.
CONTA178 keeps track of 3 DOF for the contact and supports sliding friction when the gap closes.
COMBIN40 keeps track of 1 DOF for the contact and requires a spring rate for the contact.
I had some models in the other thread that you can download and try each element.
What version of ANSYS are you using?
June 12, 2018 at 1:35 pmsaraahf1Subscriber
I'm using ANSYS APDL 15.0 and also have the same version of Workbench.
June 12, 2018 at 2:34 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
So build a 2 beam, 4 node model with a gap between the end points the beams as I did in this post, and try each element to see what works for you.
June 12, 2018 at 7:05 pmsaraahf1Subscriber
I'll keep in mind the building of the proposed model.
I was reading about the options for the initial gap for the CONTA178 and I've seen that you can define them by the keyopt(4)=1, but then it is necessary to define the gap with the real constant (real constan 2 I think). Maybe my question is very basic but I don't know how to define this in the code. Would it be like this (the real constant parameter is defined in this way)?
August 18, 2020 at 2:11 amDheerajKarkiSubscriberI was just wondering if you have find the answer to your question. I am having similar situation as yours. I need to define a gap contact element on connected elements. Can you please advise how to do that?Regards,nDheerajn
January 27, 2021 at 1:48 pmj.drozdowskiSubscriberHello. I'm trying to solve a benchmark which is done in Femap Nastran. Author is using GAP element with compression stiffness only defined. Is it possible to do something similar in Workbench ?.Is the CONTA178 an Ansys equiwalent ?nnn
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