SolidWorks to Ansys

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Ulvi posted this 28 June 2018

I am trying to analyse weld toe stress in T joint made of circular hollow section ( pipe ). 3D Model is prepared in solidworks with solid elements and sweep feature. The weld profile edges are all consistent in solidworks however when I import the model with .iges into ansys and assign share topology it breaks all boundary edges. This creates difficulties with meshing the part. Can anyone please advise on what is the solution here? 

Both solidworks native file and .iges attached

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Aniket posted this 28 June 2018

Exporting CAD files to neutral file formats can lead to translational losses. Moreover, CAD software generally uses loose tolerances while creating the models as compared to the tolerances used by Mechanical. So something you see as coincident in CAD might not be actually coincident in Mechanical as you are seeing.

Solutions can be as follows:

1. Use tight tolerances in CAD. I do not know if it is possible for the specific CAD that you are using, but it is possible in some other CAD softwares

2. Use native CAD file using CAD-Workbench connection instead of using a neutral file format such as iges step or Parasolid

3. Use ANSYS tools such as DesignModeler or SpaceClaim to make the edges coincident

4. You can also use Mesh connections in the Mechanical to connect the mesh nodes after generating the mesh using Mesh Edit tools

 

 

-Aniket

peteroznewman posted this 28 June 2018

Aniket's suggestion #3 was used with the SpaceClaim repair tools to repair some problems and to set Share Topology to Share.

But even after that, I did not get a good mesh.  So I went back and Combined two solids, and deleted one face.

Then I finally had a good geometry for meshing.

Attached is the SpaceClaim 18.2 file.

 

 

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Ulvi posted this 29 June 2018

Thanks for the response. I actually need those faces and splits but consistent to apply mesh controls. So I am actually looking for a solution that will not suppress any features of model 

Ulvi posted this 29 June 2018

Thanks for comments. What software packages are you referring? 

peteroznewman posted this 29 June 2018

That was SpaceClaim.

Ulvi posted this 07 July 2018

I modelled the structure in spaceclaim too but again whereever 3 and more boundaries come together on round surface it splits edges in multiple sub-edges

Ulvi posted this 07 July 2018

No solution???

peteroznewman posted this 08 July 2018

In SpaceClaim, I created two components, the Pipe and the Tee.  The Tee has two solids, the small pipe and the weld. The Pipe has two solids, the piece below the Tee and Weld and the rest of the pipe.  It looks promising in SpaceClaim...

and here is the mesh with an element size of 3 mm.

Slicing the bodies into smaller pieces may allow more hex elements in the mesh. Stay tuned.

Attached is an ANSYS 18.2 archive.

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peteroznewman posted this 08 July 2018

Hey, how about that!

If your loading is symmetrical, you could use this model directly.

ANSYS 18.2 archive attached.

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Ulvi posted this 09 July 2018

Thanks Peter, Have you used chamfer option to model weld profile?

peteroznewman posted this 09 July 2018

No Ulvi, I just sliced off the chamfer you provided in the solid model that you made in Solidworks.

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Ulvi posted this 10 July 2018

Thanks Peter, unfortunately I am using Ansys 17.2. Any chance that you can attach a compatible file?

peteroznewman posted this 10 July 2018

I had to redo the chamfer in NX and reduce the tolerances on the sweep I used to slice the geometry as suggested by Aniket.

This was about 90 minutes of work to get to a successful mesh. 

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Ulvi posted this 10 July 2018

make sense now. I actually spent quite a bit of time on this to get it work. What i did was a workaround. Put the splits not directly under the juction but a bit away and applied some meshing controls and worked.

I appreciate the time that you have spent on it

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