Can contact be modelled in Simulation between 2D edges on a 2D model? I have some gears that could be modelled with 2D elements but I don't know how to define the contact easily. If necessary I will use a 3D brick element model with a unit depth to generate contact surfaces. The attached image shows the contact interface (this is a crude gear model) that I want to model. If anybody has experience with this (good or bad) I would be happy to hear about it.
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Contact on 2D elements is setup in the same manner as with brick elements. Use surface selection to pick the surfaces that will contact, right-click > Contact > Surface. (I presume you are using MES to account for the motion.)
Think of the model as if the 2D elements were extruded (in the X direction). When the edge of the 2D mesh is on different surface number than the rest of the mesh, the "extruded" surface number creates a face which can contact another object.
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