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Mesh Density and Bolt Connectors

Question asked by Sean Gaulter on Aug 23, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 23, 2012 by Sean Gaulter

I have a question regarding the relationship between the density of a mesh on an assembly and the output data for the bolt connector tool. I'm working a fairly large assembly that I've successfully meshed with various mesh parameters. The problem I'm running into is that the model/assembly is so large that my solver has ran for five days and is only incrementally making progress towards a solution. What I'm wanting to do is increase the mesh density (make the elements larger) to reduce the overall number of elements to decrease the solve time. The concern I have is that this could have a negative impact on how representative the stresses are in the bolts (which is the main reason for the simulation). Any help or guidance is appreciated.