Shell vs. Solid Mesh

Discussion created by Guest on Nov 9, 2006
Latest reply on Dec 6, 2009 by Christopher Thompson
As you all know, the first step is to decide on the mesh type. Considering the analysis i encounter, shell mesh is more appropriate since the material thickness doesn't exceed 3 mm while the whole geometry is in the range of thousand millimeters. But the problem is, especially for the assemblies, it is very hard to mesh the geometry without any clearance and providing the continuity in the mesh. That's why I often use solid mesh. I know it takes more time to complete a solid mesh analysis but it gives more accurate and more reliable results compared to the shell mesh.
Do you think it is an inappropriate way to use the solid mesh all the time? Is there any difference except the analysis durations?
Thank You