I have a stack of plates which are modelled with solid & solid laminate elements. Even though the load is axial, due to laminate properties, there is some bending in the stack. In a real scenario, we don't expect the stack to bend (may the laminate will and the aim is to desing the joint in such a way that bending is minimal but that is way down the line) and hence I applied Rotation X constraint. Later I realized that solid elements have only 3 DOF...TX, TY & TZ.
Is there an alternate way of preventing the bottom plate of the stack from bending i.e rotation?
A very interesting solution. It does sound tedious if not complicated. As of now, the process in my mind thinks of creating Quad element manually by selecting 4 nodes and it may turn out to be tedious if I have a huge model. Any better way of creating a lot of shell elements using existing nodes?
BTW, for my issue, I had 3 nodes through the thickness. I constrained the middle row of nodes in TZ direction and it provided the expected results. No out of plane rotations but the end nodes were free to displace along Z direction due to Poisson's Ratio.
Thansk for your response. I appreciate your help.
Look under Mesh/Edge Members; it allows you to create shell elements from the faces of solids as well as beams at the edges of shells.