Mechainica Independent Mode:
Is there a way to leave shell elements in a model and give them
some property (example: zero thickness) so that they don't
participate in any way in the results?
Example: Given some large frame, with two styles of legs....
1. Mesh the frame.
2. Mesh leg style 1.
3. Mesh leg style 2.
4. Disable leg style 2 and solve the overall model.
5. Enable leg 2, Disable 1 and solve the overall model.
Want to go back and forth between the two leg styles without deleting
and then re-creating all the elements in the two legs... all the
while working in the same large overall model.
One idea I have not tried is to give the "disabled" leg a thickness
near "zero". Remove all loads from this leg, exclude elements,
then view with these groups turned off.
You can't just leave off the material properties and/or thickness..
error check will flag these elements as having problems.
Any better ideas? Anything built in the software to do this?
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