June 28, 2018 at 4:58 amUlviSubscriber
I am trying to analyse weld toe stress in T joint made of circular hollow section ( pipe ). 3D Model is prepared in solidworks with solid elements and sweep feature. The weld profile edges are all consistent in solidworks however when I import the model with .iges into ansys and assign share topology it breaks all boundary edges. This creates difficulties with meshing the part. Can anyone please advise on what is the solution here?
Both solidworks native file and .iges attached
June 28, 2018 at 8:41 amAniketAnsys Employee
Exporting CAD files to neutral file formats can lead to translational losses. Moreover, CAD software generally uses loose tolerances while creating the models as compared to the tolerances used by Mechanical. So something you see as coincident in CAD might not be actually coincident in Mechanical as you are seeing.
Solutions can be as follows:
1. Use tight tolerances in CAD. I do not know if it is possible for the specific CAD that you are using, but it is possible in some other CAD softwares
2. Use native CAD file using CAD-Workbench connection instead of using a neutral file format such as iges step or Parasolid
3. Use ANSYS tools such as DesignModeler or SpaceClaim to make the edges coincident
4. You can also use Mesh connections in the Mechanical to connect the mesh nodes after generating the mesh using Mesh Edit tools
June 28, 2018 at 12:27 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
Aniket's suggestion #3 was used with the SpaceClaim repair tools to repair some problems and to set Share Topology to Share.
But even after that, I did not get a good mesh. So I went back and Combined two solids, and deleted one face.
Then I finally had a good geometry for meshing.
Attached is the SpaceClaim 18.2 file.
June 29, 2018 at 8:32 amUlviSubscriber
Thanks for the response. I actually need those faces and splits but consistent to apply mesh controls. So I am actually looking for a solution that will not suppress any features of model
June 29, 2018 at 8:34 amUlviSubscriber
Thanks for comments. What software packages are you referring?
June 29, 2018 at 6:16 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
That was SpaceClaim.
July 7, 2018 at 6:10 pmUlviSubscriberI modelled the structure in spaceclaim too but again whereever 3 and more boundaries come together on round surface it splits edges in multiple sub-edges
July 7, 2018 at 6:12 pmUlviSubscriberNo solution???
July 8, 2018 at 2:50 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
In SpaceClaim, I created two components, the Pipe and the Tee. The Tee has two solids, the small pipe and the weld. The Pipe has two solids, the piece below the Tee and Weld and the rest of the pipe. It looks promising in SpaceClaim...
and here is the mesh with an element size of 3 mm.
Slicing the bodies into smaller pieces may allow more hex elements in the mesh. Stay tuned.
Attached is an ANSYS 18.2 archive.
July 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm
July 9, 2018 at 11:40 amUlviSubscriber
Thanks Peter, Have you used chamfer option to model weld profile?
July 9, 2018 at 3:11 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriber
No Ulvi, I just sliced off the chamfer you provided in the solid model that you made in Solidworks.
July 10, 2018 at 4:36 pmUlviSubscriber
Thanks Peter, unfortunately I am using Ansys 17.2. Any chance that you can attach a compatible file?
July 10, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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