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Steel anchor in concrete - contact

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09-07-2012 06:22 AM

Hello. I am trying to model a concrete block with cast-in steel anchors However, I wanted to "remove contact" between the steel bars and surrounding concrete. To do this, I followed the following steps:

1. Model concrete blocks around the anchor (objects---70x70mm rectangle--extrude to appropriate height)

2. Model bigger concrete block in which all anchors will be cast in (contour --panel (face) -- extrude)

3. Removed (1) from (2) by object combinations to create voids in the concrete (edit solids and faces - object combinations - subtraction (A-B)

4. Mesh generation

5. Creating bars (64mm diameter) within each void

6. Adding loads and analysing the structure.


However, I keep getting error messages "Separate structure. Do you want to continue?" and "Distorted element".


Please see attached model. I would be grateful for any advice on how to model this steel-concrete interface. I understand that robot doesn't have contact elements but is there any workaround for that?

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Re: Steel anchor in concrete - contact

09-25-2012 04:32 AM in reply to: MokshdaB

Sorry for getting to you so late.


Two example files attached. 


Movie how to create it properly "with contact" : 



Movie how to create it properly "without contact" (in this example top nodes of bars will be connected to solid): 


Rafal Gaweda