Shell to Solid Coupling

In the Shell to Solid Coupling dialog, define the *SHELL TO SOLID COUPLING card.

The Shell to Solid Coupling dialog contains the following buttons:
Table 1.
Button Action
OK Updates the database with the changes and closes the dialog.
Apply Updates the database with the changes without closing the dialog.
Cancel Closes the dialog without updates.

Shell to Solid Coupling: Define Tab

In the Define tab, select the slave surface, master surface, and surface interaction for the *SHELL TO SOLID COUPLING card. You can also review the selected surfaces or create new ones.

The Define tab contains the following options:
Table 2.
Option Description
Surface The Surface: field contains a list of the existing surfaces. Select a slave surface from the list or use the … button to open the Entity Browser to select a surface.

Click Slave>> to add the surface as a slave to the table of selected surfaces. Click Master>> to add the surface as a master. Click <<Remove to remove any selected surface from the table. You can add multiple sets of surfaces to the table.

Click New to create a new surface. Once you have specified the surface properties, the surface appears in the drop-down list, where you can select it and add it to the table.

The Review button highlights the selected slave surface in white and displays it through solid mesh in performance graphics in the window. If the surface is defined with sets, the underlying elements are highlighted. Right-click on Review to clear the review selections.

If you create multiple pairs of contacts, they will appear on the Interface tab in separate entries using the same name.

Shell to Solid Coupling: Parameter Tab

In the Parameter tab, define optional parameters for the contact pair card. Options vary according to the template loaded.

The supported parameters are:
For Standard.3d/2d template and Explicit template
INFLUENCE DISTANCE and POSITION TOLERANCE. To add them, enable the checkbox and then add an appropriate value. See the Abaqus Online Documentation for a detailed description of these parameters.