I have been using NX for about 8 months now. I was doing more thermal analysis and simulations and now I want to perform some structural analysis. I am working right now on a plastic enclosure that will be assembled with press fits. the inner part of the hub will have an hexagonal shape and the shaft is cylindrical. So far I have not been able how to simulate a situation when the assembly is being done.
I have used a enforced constrain to make the pin move in the direction of the hub but it stops when it reaches the entrance of the hub. I am assuming the problem is how I am using the surface to surface contact.
I assume someone has already done something like this so if any of you guys has some suggestions I will be extremely thankful
Thanks for your support
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You are analyzing the assembly process correct? NX Nastran advanced nonlinear (solution 601) is what you would want to use for that type of problem. With that solution you can define a transient enforced displacement such that you step through the assembly process. With linear statics, you have the ability to define a single load condition (or just 1 step) and it will not provide the solution you desire.
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If you want to simulate a "Interference-Fit" problem then you can run linear elastic contact stress analysis (SOL101, i.e. the stresses should be smaller than the elastic limit Rp0.2 of the materials) (see my post here: https://iberisa.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/tratado-c
Remember that you will need to define a negative search distance for contact in the BCTSET card to solve the material penetration (ie, interference-fit) between parts using a value bigger that the interference. Also the INIPENE=0 should be used in the BCTPARM card to solve the initial penetration.
Of course, in the previous approach the interference fit should be modeled explicitly in both the geometry & mesh. Alternatively you can use OFFSET distance for contact regions that will allow you to neglect the interference at the geometry level and use the same same geometry dimension for both contact parts.
But reading your description it seems you have a interference fit problem between a cylinder and a hexagonal hub, so first approach will run OK for you.
The INIPENE should be set to ''Calculate from geometry'', if not the software will consider as there is no ineterference between parts. I tried to set INIPENE to zero and the results were like there is no ineterference between parts.
INIPENE=0 means "Calculated from Mesh". The INIPENE field on the BCTPARM entry controls how NX Nastran handles initial gap or penetration of the generated contact elements. No corrections will occur for gaps or penetrations (Default = 0).
Whe "0..Calculated" is used the NX Nastran software evaluate contact exactly as the geometry is modeled, and if penetration is found then it will be resolved. In the case of penetrations, a model may experience “press fit” behavior when using this option.
If you need to solve a "press fit" problem, then use INIPENE=0.
You probably would only want to use INIPENE=0 for a press fit if the source and target meshes matched exactly. It the meshes are mismatched, the interference would not be consistent across all contact elements. In this case, you should use INIPENE=3 to eliminate all mesh related overlaps and gaps, then specify an OFFSET value equal to the desired radial interference. This offset can be applied to either the source or the target region, or half the offset can be applied to each region.
One question for press fit assembly,
What is your mean for "target and source meshes match exactly" ?
Does it mean there is no interference for mesh ?
If the mesh is not "exactly" coincident between nodes in source & target region, then the chance to suffer undesired initial interference (overlapping) is a risk, specially when using low-order elements like 2-D plate CQUAD4 4-nodes or 3-D solid CHEXA 8-nodes. Using high-order 3-D solid TET10 elements with midside nodes moved to surface geometry then eliminate the problem. But the best advice I can give you is to use always matching mesh, not matter if using low or high-order elements, OK?.
one point I am not so clear,
because source faces have different size (such as different diameter) for press-in assembly,
how to realize matched meshes between source and target surface in NX ?
Easy, simply split surfaces in the idealized environment to have regular surfaces, this way you can generate a structured mesh controling the same number of elements in both parts. Use command 2-D MAPPED MESH, or 2-D FREE MESH activating the option ATTEMPT FREE MAPPED MESHING and prescribe local mesh controls to have the same number of elements.