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Free Body Force Results - Edge vs. Vertex Numbers - Which #'s to use?

Question asked by Phil Perlich on Oct 10, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 11, 2013 by Jared Conway

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.

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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?

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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.

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