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Number of elements is tripled when solving with "No Penetration" contact

Question asked by Ivan Collins on Jan 29, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 6, 2014 by Jared Conway

This may be a dumb question, but I am running a simulation with an assembly that is mostly a "no penetration" contact set up.  Mesh details indicate that I have ~300,000 elements but when I go to run it, it is showing ~1,000,000 elements (nodes and DOF tripled also).  This is forcing me to run a larger than desirable mesh size just to get the thing to run, and even with it like that, I'm looking at a minimum of a day's worth of run time.  Is this normal?