after connecting shell elements with edge to face connections (RBE2/RBE3-spider connections) I must realize that the projected grid point line of RBE2 elements hit exactly a grid point line of the target area. Therefore, the RBE3-spider elements are placed :
- only on one side of the shell elements of source area or
- in a mixed manner on both sides of the shell elements of source area or
- only in disconnected manner at target elements.
Sometimes the target mesh can't be modified to get a centered target element for RBE3-spider to have a suitable meshed connection.
Therefore my question:
Is it allowed to create a second or maybe more than one RBE3-elements connected with the center node of RBE2 element to widen the target area? Or asked in another way, does a RBE3-spider element has to operate here strictly with only ONE target shell element or could the leg nodes also deal with more than one element?
Who can help? Best wishes, Michael
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RBE3 is simply an MPC. So you can attach as many nodes you want - anywehre in the model (ignoring possible double dependency). it means that the "dependant" node will be have an "average" response of all the "indepedant" nodes.
Might get "ugly" and may not do what you really want/have in mind!
Mixing RBE2& RBE3 might not be a good idea. By centre node you mean the indepdant node (some call it the master node).
When attempting what you picture is showing, I would try on a very simple model, with say a simple tensile load to undersantd how the forces are going though this "mixed" approach.