Create Rivet Structural Elements

The Rivet tool recognizes rivets modelled as a collection of Shell-1D-Shell patterns. The body between two shells is made of a single 1D element. However, it detects a rivet as a multi-layered connection.

  1. From the Certification ribbon, click the Rivet tool.

    Figure 1.
  2. When Structural elements are created, a structural property can be selected. Click to define how properties are assigned.
    Each structural element must have a structural property assigned to it in order to run method.
    Single property
    Assigns the same structuralproperty entity to all designpoints.
    Duplicate and assign property to all
    Creates a new instance of selected structuralproperty and assigns the copy to all designpoints.
    Duplicate and assign property per designpoint
    Creates a new instance of selected structuralproperty per designpoint entity.
    This option performs a deep copy, meaning the structural property's references, such as materiel/property, are also copied. Each structural property generated is fully independent.
    This is useful for design exploration where you will update structural properties separately.

    In addition, you can use the options in the Advanced drop-down to keep or remove special patterns from the current selection. It does not exclude other types already selected. It is useful primarily if you wants to select cbush elements but keep only rbe3-cbush-rbe3 patterns and not the other cbushes.

  3. Set the entity type on the first selector to Elements.

    Any selection automatically filters all types of 1D elements. The algorithm removes 1D sharing edges with shell and considers as a possible rivet the chain of multiple pierced shell-1D-pierced shell irrespective if the “head” of the 1D connects to shells.

    That way it supports mesh dependent (node-to-node connection) and mesh independent realizations such as CFAST or RBE3-CBUSH-RBE3.

    Figure 2. Lap Joint Geometry

    Figure 3. FE Idealized Model to Extract Forces and Fluxes
    Any chain of pierced shell-1D-pierced shell are considered valid candidates so you can filter up-front 1D elements to discard from the selection. More filters are available in the options menu.

    Figure 4. Example of Multi-Layered Rivet
  4. Optional: Select a destination DesignPointSet to hold newly created designpoints.
    If no set is selected, a new one is created with config Rivet.

    If you enter this menu from the Certification Browser context menu using Auto DDP, the selector is pre-populated with the selected designpointset.

  5. Specify a structuralproperty entity (of config Rivet) if the Absorb FE Property checkbox is unselected.
    Otherwise, the tool attempts to absorb a structural property only from CFAST configuration. A warning message is prompted for other types detected resulting in a Rivet created without a structural property assigned.

    Figure 5.