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The importance of checking contacts in FEA

This week I wanted to write a brief post regarding a very common problem that can be found when running and post-processing Finite Element models: the correct definition of contact algorithms.


During this week, I had a conversation with other engineers about some issues related to the TIED CONTACT definition. In these terms, any commercial FE package gives you the opportunity to define this type of contact in a relatively easy way: you select the nodes or surfaces (master and slave) and then the pre-processor shows some kind of symbol in order to highlight that the contact has been established. However, the symbols and the fact that you have followed the standard steps of the software do not mean that the parts are going to behave as expected. Read more