Element Faces – Geometry not Associated to the FEM

If geometry is not associated to the FEM connecting element faces can be found by using the following tool:
o   In Patran -> Loads/BCs Tab
o   Create -> Total Load OR Pressure
o   Select Application Region, change to FEM, -> Auto Select
o   Select a reference face (such as one in a cylinder) and increase the tolerance for Adjacent Normals
o   Click Overwrite and then copy your list of element faces List to find associated nodes
o   Limitations:

  • Will only find FREE element faces. Cannot find element faces if you join components via matched mesh for example.