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Drawing shells

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09-27-2013 01:12 AM

I am new to the use of Inventor after having used several drawing and simulation packages. The company I have started to work for is using FEMAP for drawings and simulation of parts of ships. Inventor 2010 is also available. I am trying to work out if it is faster to draw in Inventor and simulate in either Inventor or FEMAP.

I am not looking for the midplane option, as this would imply having to first draw solids - in the simulation only (2D) shells are simulated. I do think the use of sheet metal in Invenotr is intended for other types of structures as well - please correct me if I'm wrong. In this case it involves plates of the deck, hull and perpendicular stiffeners - all modelled as 2D plates/shells. These plates are typically placed parallel or perpendicular.


The Inventor examples I have found so far involve solids. Can anyone point me in the right direction for drawing in shells directly?

I tried to draw a rectangle and extrude this with zero thickness. Extruding as a solid does not enable specifying a zero thickness (only values other than 0 are allowed). Extruding the rectangle as a surface extrudes each of the lines of the rectangle in the direction perpendicular to the drawing plane. This creates a hollow tube, with shells as walls. Extruding a line would give a plane, but I cannot select a line.


Many thanks in advance,


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Re: Drawing shells

09-27-2013 04:49 AM in reply to: RichardAutodesk

IV will make surfaces as 0-thickness bodies.  You should be able to select a single line or a set of lines to make your surface.  Make sure that you select the surface option in the extrude command before you select your sketch geometry if you don't have a closed loop sketch. 


As I remember, the FEA solver in IV2010 only works with 3d solids.  It can't mesh surfaces.  I believe that IV 2013 introduced a midplane option for thin walled components.  The FEA included with IV is limited to linear homogeneous materials: No wood, composites, or plastic deformation.


You will need the Autodesk Simulation line of products if you want to mesh surfaces for FEA.

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