I'm working on simulation of shear connection using workbench and the clearance of bolts is a very important factor to study.
I used static solver and the only way to solve is to change the interface treatment in the contact to adjust to touch. This will solve but neglect the clearance in solution while it physically exists in the model.
The model I calibrated with is clearly claimed using the sliding option in ABAQUS. I tried option small sliding in Ansys solution but no way to solve.
Please help as I want to generate a realistic simulation as lab test.