Multi-body Contact Analysis Technical Brief
Abstract: A multi-body contact capability has been implemented to account for frictionless mechanical contact that does not require mesh conformity in the contact regions. The implementation is available for Planar, Extrusion, Axisymmetric and 3D elasticity problems. Material nonlinearities of the contacting bodies can be considered in the analysis. The effect of geometric nonlinearities (large strains, large rotations) are not yet available but will be addressed in a later release.
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