Principles of Simulating Contact Between Parts using ANSYS

The ANSYS finite element analysis (FEA) program offers a variety of elements designed to treat cases of changing mechanical contact between the parts of an assembly or between different faces of a single part. These elements range from simple, limited idealizations to complex and sophisticated, general purpose algorithms. FEA analysts are frequently faced with modeling situations where changing contact cannot be assumed negligible and ignored. Finding the best choices for contact elements, element options, solver, and solution options can drastically improve the model’s performance and reduce the analyst’s frustration with a contact simulation model.

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