I am working with a shell element simulation to determine weld size. I only have SW premium so I am trying to do this the old fashioned way. I used slit faces to make edges/vertices where I want them and to force compatible meshing. See pictures.

I run the simulation and go to list resultant forces. See pictures. Here's my question: Why is the vertex load so small but the edge load so large?

I thought the procedure called for getting the loads at the node (vertex) and dividing by the length that the node would cover. Should I just use the loads from the edge and divide by its length to finish up the rest of the calculation?

Thanks for you help.

It is my understanding that to get accurate "Resultant Force" values, you should pick the same features you used to apply your Force or Fixture. In your case, that appears to be the edges.