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Weld size calculation for beams to solid, beam to beam

Question asked by Ben Moore on Jun 5, 2013
Latest reply on Jun 6, 2013 by Jared Conway



I'm struggling to find a reliable method of getting Simulation to calculate weld size for beams (structural members) welded to other beams and also beams to solids. I understand that Simulation makes heavy use of shell mesh to calculate weld size but that doesn't suit geometry such as an I-Beam or RHS members. I try to make as much use of beam mesh's as possible for quick processing times and it is extremely useful when designing structural frames which use a lot of I Beam type profiles. When using RHS or SHS the corner treatment is often 'mitre'd' and 'joints' in simulation go a little crazy when I try to convert them to shells. I understand that the software needs to get reaction forces at an edge rather than a surface and it uses something like the throat shear method to calculate the weld size, but surely it can use the reaction forces at the end of a beam/structural member to do the same calculation?


Is there a method that can be used to get Simulation to calculate the weld size in the above scenarios? Do I have to somehow convert the beams to shells then somehow connect them?


It seems a big let down that the edge weld connector can only handle extremely simple restricted scenarios like a piece of round tube (converted to a shell mesh) welded to a base plate (solid mesh) as I've seen in the SolidWorks Simulation book I got from the course.


Surely the boffin's at SolidWorks saw this question coming when introducing the edge weld connector?