Define Rivets

Define a rivet configuration with the FEMSITE utility.

Before you begin, Setup the FEMSITE Utility.
  1. From the menu bar, click Connectors > FEMSITE > Define Rivet.
    The Self Piercing Rivet Data dialog opens.
  2. Using the Select Connectors selector, select input.
  3. Define the rivet and die.
    1. For Rivet, select a Label.
      The values in the Shaft Diameter, Head Diameter, Length, Hardness, and Geometry fields are dependent on the Label selected.
    2. For Die, select a Label.
      The values in the Diameter and Depth field are dependent on the Label selected.
  4. Define part search parameters.
    1. For RefMode, choose to use the Property or Part ID as the reference mode for connector assignment.
    2. Using the Select Components selector, select the components that contain the parts to search.
      The RefList field lists the assigned IDs that are found after components are selected.
    3. In the Max number of interactions field, enter the maximum number of connector links to create.
    4. In the Maximum distance field, enter the search tolerance the FEMSITE executable should use for realization.
  5. To reverse the default direction input, enable the Invert Rivet Direction checkbox.

    The rivet direction is defined by the normal of the shells.

  6. Click Define.