FAQ 002280 EN

Modeling | Structure RFEM

I placed two solids on top of each other. There are nodes/lines/surfaces which are used by both solids. Is there a possibility to generate a failure?


If the contact between two overlaying plates or solids is simulated, you have to model a contact solid between the two plates / solids usually with a thickness from central axis to central axis of both contact surfaces. The material of the contact solid should be the same as for the surfaces in order to be connected. If the surfaces have different materials, we recommend using the material with inferior properties for the contact solid. The following blog entries from our website provide some information about contact solids: Blog entries contact solid. You can also have a look at the following demo video where we show modeling a contact solid: Demo video contact solid


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