Rigid surface contact elements

Rigid surface contact elements:

  • can be used to model contact between a rigid surface and a deformable body;

  • are needed only for several special-purpose applications, such as when a substructure contacts a rigid surface or when CAXA or SAXA element types are involved in contact;

  • can be used in both geometrically linear and nonlinear simulations; and

  • use the same “master-slave” concepts for enforcing contact constraints that are used in the surface-based contact capability in Abaqus/Standard.

For most problems the surface-based contact capability described in Defining Contact Interactions provides a more direct and general method for modeling contact between a rigid surface and a deformable body.

The following topics are discussed:

Related Topics
Axisymmetric rigid surface contact element library
In Other Guides
Analytical rigid surface definition