Connecting Layered Shells with Solids and Shells

Application ID: 78261

The Layered Shell interface is used to model thick to moderately thin composite laminates. These composite laminates are often connected with solid or sufficiently thin structures in different configurations to represent a realistic structure. These solid and thin structures are in general accurately and efficiently modeled using Solid Mechanics and Shell interfaces respectively.

This tutorial and verification model illustrates how to connect layered shell elements with solid and shell elements in cladding or side-by-side configuration using built-in coupling features. In this example, the results of the layered shell-solid-shell structure is compared with the reference model built using solid elements.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: