I am in the process of setting up an analysis for frame with
bolted connections. I have many bolted connections, and when I try
to run the analysis I get an error message saying "SOURCE SURFACE
NOT DEFINED IN SL1 FILE AT BOLT CONN IDXX." So I delete the bolted
connection indicated, try to run the analysis again, and it will
give the same error again at another location. I've searched the
forum and the knowledge base but didn't find anything that really
applied to me. The responses there dealt with things that don't
apply to my situation. I am not using countersunk bolts, and I do
not have remote loads.
Now, the weird thing is, I have bolted connections going thru parts
in four locations, two of the locations are just fine, no problems
at all, but the connections on the other side of the same part
continously give the same error message. I've tried copying and
redefining the bolted connection from the place where it works to
the place where it didn't work, I've tried deleting and creating
the bolted connection new, each time I get the same message.
Can someone tell me what this error message means and/or what I can
look at to see what is going wrong? I am running SW Office Premium
2008 x64 edition, SP3.1.
I can't explain why, but if you modified your model at some
point, it can screw with the surfaces that the connectors use.
Basically, COSMOS can't find the surface that was used to create
the original connector. If it's not too big of a project, I would
delete all connectors, update all components, rebuild, update all
components again, then reapply your connectors.