BY PARTHIBAN KANNAN · PUBLISHED MARCH 15, 2017 · UPDATED MARCH 17, 2017
Here, I am going to explain about the advantages of shell idealization over the solid model. I have done Geometric Element Analysis on sheet metal bracket using Creo Simulate (Pro Mechanica)
I have considered 2 cases, one for the sheet metal bracket with the 3D solid model and another one for the same component of 2D Shell model.
Following Boundary Conditions and Design Considerations are taken for the analysis
|3.||Young’s Modulus||200 GPa|
The drawing details of the model Considered for this analysis
Uniformly distributed Load of 100 Kg applied on loading area (mentioned in the figure)
All the Degree Of Freedom fixed at the M8 tap hole (mentioned in the figure)
In Creo Simulate, the default solver is Auto GEM, which uses p-method to solve the model i.e. It uses the highest polynomials order of each element to solve the element equation instead of changing the number of elements (like FEA method) i.e. it changing the element shape to get the better result. That’s why Creo Simulate also called Geometric Element Analysis (GEA) application.
In this case, the model considered as solid. The model meshed with the Auto GEM option with the maximum element size of 6 mm.
Auto GEM created totally 8689 Tetrahedron elements on Solid Model in 0.03 minutes.
In this case, thin mid-shell made on the solid model using shell pair option in the Creo Simulate & meshing done with the Auto GEM
Auto GEM created totally 248 triangular & 664 Quadrilateral elements in Shell Model in less than 0.01 minutes
This chart shows the difference of meshing operation between the 3D Solid model & the 2D Shell model
From the chart, it clearly shows solid model takes more time for meshing than shell model because it creates large number of 3D elements while the shell model requires less number of 2D elements.
here the 3D Solid model takes nearly 10 times more elements then 2D Shell model.
These figure shows the difference between displacement analysis of solid and shell model. The result variation between both cases are less than 1%.
From the analyzed result the deformed magnitude displacement of the solid model is 2.44 mm and the shell model is 2.49 mm. The variation in result between the both cases are very low.
I have generated following charts to understand the difference between both cases
Total analysis takes 7.65 seconds for the shell model and 24.42 seconds for the solid model. The disk space consumed by the solid model is 175 Mb and the shell mode is 35 Mb
( Paul Kloninger suggested)
Creo Simulates (Pro Mechanica) provides the powerful option Shell pair for extracting mid-plane from the solid model. Analysis with the mid-plane efficiently savings the time taken and the disk space for an analysis.
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Hi, Paul Kloninger
Nice Job, We can add the contact & large deformation to Limitations of shell model. also, u have used the symmetry feature from Simulate that too have some more advantages than using full model.
Thank you for your valuable Job.
Hi, in the drawing is missing some measures like inner and outer radius.
I'm trying to redo the exercise with solid non-tetra elements.
What about in modal analysis? Are the natural frequencies within 5% as your static deflection results?
Thanks in advance.
A short test for Modal Analyses with only solid versus Solid AND shell in Creo 184.108.40.206. Strangly calculation time is MUCH MORE with shells than with only Solid in this case (49min. vs 1min). Mesh settings are default and only Quickstudy is applied, so I wouldn't worry over the result difference. I'm not ready to jump into conclusions yet, but at least be alert using shells in Modal.
We found Modal Analyses (in this example) is only slow when using Shell Pairs, not with 'simple' shells (defined by a single surface).