Has anyone seen this before?
The fasteners have incomplete surface regions.
The surface regions are complete on the other side and at the contact between the components.
As can be seen in the image, there is nothing spectacularly complex about the geometry (else I couldn't model it).
no, I never saw something like that - for sure a bug. Important to fix since the element surfaces within the bolt- and nut head diameters are needed to fix the weighted links of the bolt spring ends correctly. If the (incomplete) circles you show are the separation test diamaters, then they are important because only then the separation test springs for the linearized fastener feature formulation can be attached correctly. For more details, see my presentation about bolt analysis in simulate in my blog (Analysis of Bolted Connections in Creo Simulate - Theory, Software Functionality and Application Exa...)
If the circles you show are the separation test circles and you use nonlinear contact (not the linear formulation with fix separation), you may ignore this problem. But for all other cases these circles must be complete. You may check how the weighted links are fixed by looking into the TERFILE in the engine study directory; you have to set environment variable "PRINT_TERFILE" to "ON" for this.
B.t.w.: I think these circles are internally no surfaces regions, just hard curves. You may check in indepenendet mode if you still can use Creo 2 (Creo 3 does not support it any longer :-(, now sometimes it is hard to really see what simulate makes internally.
Please file an SPR for this and post number and actual state of it. Many Thanks!
I got anomalous fastener tensions which is why I looked.
The (almost) circles are under the head and are not separation test diameters.
I always use contact anyway.
The other end (nut) seems fine as do the separation test diameters even though they are unused.
I always thought separation test diameters were surface regions; so the weighted link goes to the hard curve and not an annular surface. Wouldn't this give us locally high stress on the curve?
This model is Creo 3 so cannot look in legacy.
I set the environment variable. Where abouts is the TERFILE written?
I will file an SPR tomorrow.
the weighted links go to all element faces within the hard curve, so it is a circular surface that is connected: No problem regarding singularities. I guess using this circle was easier to code since you do not need surface splitting with new IDs from Pro/E, but I don't know.
The TERFILE (file extension *.ter) is an ASCII-file showing nodes, elements, weighted links etc., a bit like a classical input deck of an h-FEM-code. With help of it you may be able to check to what element faces of the incomplete fastener head diameter the weighted links are connected to, but it is no nice work to look for this, especially without legacy... I think it was written into the lower directory of the study directory (I don't remember exactly since I did not use it for a longer time). You may need an additional engine file in the study directory with more information to find it out in detail (the .neu-file with h-nodes Information), but you have to find it out. I remember it works since I tried this many years ago with a model giving unexpected results, but now I have to try it out again, too.
I noticed that when one meshes before a run the problem does not occur.
If the mesh is created at run time the problem appears.
Nope. Haven't had the time. Running in a different date code is on the list.
and as the issue is more of an annoyance in this case I can get on but it will be good to know the reason.
Also I haven't tried
The geometry is from Solidworks. Perhaps there is something odd with the translation?