Two different meshs on the same object

  • Last Post 15 March 2019
RobertoLucena posted this 15 March 2019


I´m trying to analyse a tank storage, but when I run the simulation the following error appears:

"Linear Tetrahedral elements have been used in regions with linear materials. This is not recommended. Please consider changing your mesh settings to use a different element type in these regions."

When I try to change my mesh, I´m unable to change just one region of my modelation. How Can I solve that?


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peteroznewman posted this 15 March 2019

Click on Mesh, and in the Details window, change Element Order to Quadratic.

RobertoLucena posted this 15 March 2019

When I do that, my "Element Order" is blocked, like this:

It is gray and I cant change it

peteroznewman posted this 15 March 2019

That is because you have selected a specific element, a good one for this model, the SOLSHELL190, which only comes in Linear order.

The message you got was a warning, not an error, is that correct?

One thing you could do is slice the geometry so make three sweepable bodies. For example, slice at the inside wall of the top and bottom planes, then put the three pieces in a multibody part by picking the three bodies and RMB to Form New Part. To continue to use Solid Shell elements, you must select the Source face as the inside face of the thin wall sweep. That is because the a Solid Shell element needs to know which direction is the "thin" direction. Once you do this, you can also set the number of elements to sweep to 2 or 3 elements.

RobertoLucena posted this 15 March 2019

Yes, is just a warning, but I dont understand why this simulation isnt returning results. I didnt put any loads yet, but just the self weight should give some results.

peteroznewman posted this 15 March 2019

Do you mean you didn't put any other loads yet, besides Gravity, which is a load?

I don't know why you got zero deformation, but you haven't shown all the loads and supports on your model. Maybe you should take the warning seriously and do what I suggested with the mesh.  If you don't want to slice the geometry, you could just change from Manual Thin to Program Controlled and set the Element Option to Solid, then you will be able to select Quadratic Element Order.