Dan Bertschi

Weld beads / fillets in Simulation

Discussion created by Dan Bertschi on Mar 18, 2009
Latest reply on May 5, 2009 by Derek Bishop
Hi All,
I have a model in thin (.079") sheet metal in a tray form with stiffeners that run across the center area of the tray for strength. There will be fillet welds (not continuous) on the side walls and across the bottom.
What is the best way to model this for analysis? Weldment part or assembly of parts? I've done enough research to know that weld fillets features (part or assy) will not meet my needs. So, I will be inserting the welds as features or parts.
Finally, if using a single part, is it best to join the bodies, at the welds only, into a single body for analysis? Or would a multi-body part be OK with proper restraints at the welds?
Running SW20080 SP5.0