In what ways would refining my study speed up solving for contact constraints? Does it take that much longer if you have a couple gaps bonded?
What do you mean by, "refining"? Are you talking about mesh (ie increasing element density)? There are a couple ways that the type of contact can effect your model:
minimize their usage to only the ones that you need
otherwise you can throw some hardware at it, but you're not going to get the return on investment that you would get from a different setup
NOTE, contact usually sovles pretty quickly if the problem is setup efficiently.
"contact usually sovles pretty quickly if the problem is setup efficiently."
Totally agree! I used to use this way, just found it works well.
To avoid waste time, better do not use "No Penetration" for large size or multiple body or large assembly.
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