I'm using Simulator (student version) to gather data for my thesis. I have produced a axisymetric 2D model where a steel plate is attributed with a displacement against a body of clay (Duncan Chan) and would like to gather the resultant data on the forces required. However my model is reacting unexpectedly and the steel plate is moving through the clay body and there are no forces registered in the clay model (or very little). I have tried resetting the material in the 'Surface to surface contact' exercise and all seems well. However when I apply the same settings to my model it doesn't seem to work as expected.
There may be many reasons that your model's contact is not considered. It may be advantageous for your to upload an archive of your model for our review? An archive can be created by accessing the big "S" button in the top left of the interface. The resulting file will have the *.ach file extension.
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I agree with Pat. The contact between the two parts might not be considered. You might set up a contact pair between the contact surfaces of the two parts, and set up the contact pair as "Surface contact".
Thanks for your response.
I've attached an .ach file of my model as requested. It was constructed within simulator in the ZY plane and analyses as an axisemetric model. Values for the Duncan Chang parameters have been borrowed from triaxial results from another source. I've tried inputting realistic Youngs modulus values but the soil model then becomes unrealistically stiff. I've also tried adjusting the contact stiffens parameters but to no avail.
As mentioned I've completed the surface to surface contact tutorial and if I change the material of the cantilever from aluminium to a Duncan Chang model it works fine. I get von Mises values. However if I follow the same instructions but apply them to my model, no von Mises values are displayed (but I do get displacement).
Hope you can help.