2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2012 2:28 PM by Aadil Iqbal

    Abaqus - Using beam elements and shells elements at same time, same node

    Aadil Iqbal

      Hi there,


      I know this is a solidworks forum, but since there's no Abaqus forum my only option was to post here.


      I'm modelling a space frame chassis, inbetween some of the beam sections I want to apply surface shell sections - to create a sort of monoque but with the beams present.


      Now I've done this but the beams seem to disappear when I apply the shell sections, almost as if they're replacing them. When I suppress the shell sections the beam sections reappear.


      Is this just a case of rendering or are the beam elements actually gone? I spoke to someone who said you cannot have two different types of elements going through the same node - is this true?

      I've tried meshing the whole thing and getting the error below


      I've attached images for better understanding