Is there a best way to analyze a relatively thin solid body as a shell?
My geometry is modeled as a solid. Inside the simulation study, I can right-click the solid body and select "Define Shell by Selected Faces..." This seems to convert the solid into a shell for analysis purposes, at least it meshes as a shell, but here's the rub: I can't seem to select the shell edges/faces to apply the fixtures/loads. The faces of the solid are selected instead, and then the solver cannot find the fixtures/loads for the shell and fails.
One work around I've stumbled on is to insert a "Mid Surface" feature for the shell and then a "Delete Body" feature to camouflage the solid for the analysis. (Applying "Exclude from Analysis" to the solid body does not seem to do the job.) Then I can select edges of the shell, but it seems a rather cumbersome approach:
Thanks for any recommendations. -- John WIllett
P.S. -- A "Circular Symmetry" fixture, as appropriate for this "pie slice" of a full disk, does not seem compatible with a shell. (I found I had to apply "Rotation" = 0 fixtures around the two radial edges to simulate this.) Is this true, or am I missing some trick? -- J.W.