have you tried convincing yourself by building a beam and solid analysis (and maybe even a shell too) to see if it matches? really simple cantilever beam? you could even add checking with hand calcs to make sure the 2 match. (note, there have been some discussions about this recently that you might want to do a search for)
based on your tech support's response, my guess is there is more than meets the eye regarding your application. it could very well be that your models don't match. you didn't include them in your post or screenshots of them so it is hard to say. but what they should have also said is that you should be able to re-add the contact to make them equivalent.
Thanks for your response.
I have tried a simple cantilever and there is a difference but not so great.
Support sent me back two jpg files showing my structure, exactly as sent to them.
One using a beam element, one using a solid.
Two different max deflections one four times the other.
- with the comment "They should be treated as two different studies!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I am new to the forum, but I would be pleased to send you copies of the reply.
I don't know if replying to your e-mail would enable me to do this.