I am creating a simulation of a large bodied object that has internal struts using Solidworks Premium. I have changed the internal struts to beams and the walls of the object to a mid-plane surface (shell thickness 6mm) and am trying to bond the end of the beams to the shell wall. The struts/beams now sit offset from the surface by 3mm, the joint is a yellow ball rather than purple and therefore needs to be connected to something. Usually when connecting beams to beams this is not a problem (i.e. 'Treat a joint for clearence'), but im finding some trouble connecting beams to shells?
Could it be that i need to use 'contact sets -> bonded'? I have tried this and encountered trouble connecting the end of the beam to the surface. Error message 'invalid entity on beam body was selected.
I am new to solidworks simulation and will appreciate any help that can be offered.
Thanks in advance.