I have a weldment consisting of an assortment of plate steel welded together. I would like to model the plates with a small (0.010") gap between them and have the load transferred through the welds rather than have the plates merge into one solid. My Inventor model has the welds in it currently. When transferred to Simulation will the welds be meshed properly or do I need to model the welds in Inventor as a sweep or extrude feature? Any help on this topic would be appreciated as I have very little experience with the Inventor/Simulation data connection.
From my own experience, you will have problems with the welds if two separated welds end up having the same part number in simulation.
You won't be able to mesh properly. I was oblidged to create, as you said, the welds as sweep or extrude....
I do a lot of fabricated structures so I have some questions too. First is I'm trying to mesh the plates without welds as bonde, but the mesh between plates doesn't match, only each plate meshes individualy.
If I add fillet welds which is ideal, I need to extrude a sketch instead of using the weld command which is okay. But, how do I get theses to mesh since its the same problem as the plates.
I would love to see stresses in fillet welds.