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Mixed Shell with Contact?

Question asked by Michael Atlas on Mar 21, 2008
Latest reply on Mar 21, 2008 by Michael Atlas
I have a nonlinear contact problem I have been running with all solids. Basicall I have a circular beam of varying radius (imagine a barbell type shape, thin in the center with larger constant radius "barrels" on the ends).

It is loaded in a 3 point bend type configuration by a curved pusher in the center and rests on two curved supports along the barrels.

I have just tried to replace the constant radius end barrels with a shell element built from a surface at 1/2 radius with a thickness of 1/2 radius. I then defined no penetration between the shell and the supports.

It is running right now.

Should I expect this to work at all? Bets?

I'll let you know in a few hours.