I'm reading a very nice tutorial, "Finite Element Analysis Concepts via SolidWorks," by J. Ed Akin (2009), which says:
"When a thin, variable thickness, solid part clearly has a mid-surface description
some finite element systems will generate a variable thickness shell elements by
interpolating the thickness at each mesh node. SW Simulation currently (2009)
does not offer that feature."
Can anyone tell me if this feature has been added in subsequent versions of SW Simulation and if it is available in the linear static simulation capability included in SW Premium? -- John Willett
this feature does not exist
a shell has material, thickness and formulation and offset
you'd split line the part and do your best if you wanted to have a multithickness shell
or if it was tapered, use solids
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