Detection Of The Welds And Weld-Elements
WeldFEM will detect the welds in the active FE-model according to the criteria of Weld Detection Considerations. It then searches for all the elements that are in the evaluation range and groups them according to the welds found in the FE-model. The picture below illustrates all the elements that have been found and grouped. All the weld groups created by WeldFEM have been highlighted in Femap for this example.
Note: While searching the FE-model for welds WeldFEM also checks the type of connection and assigns it to them. A preselection of elements takes place in this step, which minimizes the subsequent workload.