I made an inventor model (2012) with an ipart I found on the web. After I cleaned up my inventor model, I uploaded it to Simulation (2012) and performed a solid mesh. Solid mesh failed; so I reverted to a plate mesh. The model solved, BUT it is treating my iPart as (2) parts! The only thing I can find is that Simluation takes the member to have 2x the amount of surfaces then it actually has. I revisited my inventor model and I have not found any duplicate parts, just the one iPart. Is there a way to address this issue? Does Simulation have a "model merge" feature that eliminates "parts INSIDE of other parts?" Has anyone experienced a similar failure?
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When you did the "plate" mesh, do you mean a midplane mesh? My guess is that you literally used the Plate/Shell mesh, so what you did is create plate elements on the "outside face" of the solid and on the "inside face" of the solid.
For example, a solid model of a simple rectangular slab (something thin and large in the other 2 dimensions) has 6 faces.
- If you mesh it using the Solid mesh option, the 6 faces are meshed, and then the volume is filled with solid elements.
- If you use the Midplane mesh option, the result is one surface located at the mid-thickness of the slab.
- If you use the Plate/Shell option, the 6 faces are meshed, resulting is 6 plate elements. Unless you are making a hollow box, this is normally wrong for a solid model. The Plate/Shell option is normally used with a surface model.
Also see the page "Model Mesh Settings" in the wiki help.
Simulation Mechanical user since Dec 1997