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Is it possible to define no penetration contact between a beam and a solid in non lineal dynamic simulation?

Question asked by David Barbado on Apr 5, 2017
Latest reply on Apr 7, 2017 by Bill McEachern

I'm working on a project that consists on the modelling of a rigid overhead contact line ( rigid catenary).

I need to simulate the contact between the pantograph of the train and the contact line.

In order to decrease computational times ( more than 1 day) I want to consider the overhead contact line as a beam. According to the properties of the pieces, this is a good simplification.


I'm working on a non lineal dynamic analysis.


The problem appears when I define the no penetration contact between the pantograph (solid body) and the catenary (beam), which is not allowed.

I can select faces of the beam, but then I can´t confirm the operation.


I attach some images in order to clarify my doubt.







Big thanks.