Beam connection with Abaqus

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In some FEM's software, it's really easy to set beam connection between two body. like in ANSYS Mechanical.

This document is a simple tutorial in order to create a link between two bodys, with a deformable behaviour. Also, to take into consideration the effect of the washer, we pilot slaves nodes in rigid way with the master node.

  1. Step 1:

    Create a wire between two points like in the pictures below:


    This operation will open the following window. Now, select the  button and select the two points:



    Select “done”.

    Select OK on the “Create Wire Feature” window.

  2. Step 2:

    In the properties module, create a material; create the section of the beam (with material properties and the beam section). Now we can affect the section to the line with this function: . Now it’s important to select the beam orientation with this function: . Select the appropriate vector to define the n3 component in the same direction of the beam:


  3. Step 3:

    Go to the “Interaction module”. Now, create MPC constraint with this tool  and select the master node:

    And the slave node/geometry:

    Select “done”. Now, an Edit Constraint window will open:

    At the MPC Type selection, select “Tie” to have rigid connection between the master node and slave’s node.

    The beam connection is finish to set.

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