SS-T: 2080 Custom Contact Conditions

Set custom contact conditions in SimSolid.


SimSolid performs meshless structural analysis that works on full featured parts and assemblies, is tolerant of geometric imperfections, and runs in seconds to minutes. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Use custom contact conditions.

Model Description

The following model file is needed for this tutorial:
  • ContactConditions.ssp

Figure 1.
This file has the following specifications:
  • Material is set to Steel for all parts.
  • Regular connections with default gap and penetration tolerance.

Open Project

Open the SimSolid project file.

  1. Start a new SimSolid session.
  2. Click the (Open Project) icon.

    Figure 2.
  3. In the Open project file dialog, choose ContactConditions.ssp
  4. Click OK.

View Contact Conditions on Parts

Select specific parts to view contact conditions.

  1. In the modeling window, select the parts of the model highlighted in orange in Figure 3

    Figure 3.
  2. Right-click on the highlighted parts and select Review part contact conditions from the context menu.
    A review dialog will open showing the current contact conditions for selected parts.

    Figure 4.

Change Contact Condition

Change the contact condition between selected parts.

  1. In the Review part contact condition dialog, select the contact condition.

    Figure 5.
  2. Click Edit.
    The Custom contact conditions dialog will open. All subcases will be listed in the dialog.

    Figure 6.
  3. Select both subcases in the dialog and activate the Separating contact radio button.
  4. Set the Friction coefficient to 0.1.
  5. Click OK.
    Custom contact conditions will be listed in the Project Tree under the Custom contact conditions folder.

    Figure 7.
  6. Create a second custom contact condition.
    1. Select parts in the modeling window as shown in orange in Figure 8.

      Figure 8.
    2. Right-click on the selected parts and choose Review part contact conditions in the context menu.
    3. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the selected parts, with the following changes:
      • In the Custom contact conditions dialog, for Apply to analyses, activate the All analyses radio button to apply the change to all subcases.
      • For type, activate the Separating contact radio button.
      • Select the Set as default contact condition check box.

      Figure 9.

      Figure 10.
  7. Click OK.