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How to get a consistent shell mesh orientation on each face of a surface body?

Question asked by Matt Owen on Nov 30, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 30, 2018 by Bill McEachern



I have created a midplane model of some framework and am meshing with shell elements. The shell orientation is correct when looking at it within the shell manager (see attached screenshot) but when I mesh it the orientation changes. Not only this, but the different faces on the same surface body do not have a consistent orientation (see attached screenshot). I know how to change this manually by right clicking on the mesh and clicking 'flip shell elements' however this will be incredibly time consuming to do each time I run a study or make any changes. How can I control the orientation properly so they are consistent with each other?


Thanks, Matt


Mesh orientation.JPG

Shell orientation.JPG