Contact Tool Initial Information

When a Contact Tool is inserted under the Connections object, it includes a default object, Initial Information. This object provides the following information from the Worksheet.

The following table outlines how to interpret the Gap and Penetration columns in the Initial Contact Information when there is a true initial geometric gap at the contact interface.

Contact TypeInterface TreatmentOffsetStatusPenetrationGapGeometric PenetrationGeometric Gap
Bonded or No SeparationNANAClosed000True Geometric Gap
Bonded or No SeparationNANAFar Open0000
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, No Ramping0Far Open0000
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, Ramped Effects0Far Open000NA
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, No Ramping< True Geometric GapNear Open0True Geometric Gap - Offset0True Geometric Gap
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, Ramped Effects< True Geometric GapNear Open0True Geometric Gap - Offset0NA
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, No Ramping> True Geometric GapClosedOffset - True Geometric Gap00True Geometric Gap
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, Ramped Effects> True Geometric GapClosedOffset - True Geometric Gap00NA

The following table outlines how to interpret the Gap and Penetration columns in the Initial Contact Information when there is a true initial geometric penetration at the contact interface.

Contact TypeInterface TreatmentOffsetStatusPenetrationGapGeometric PenetrationGeometric Gap
Bonded or No SeparationNANAClosed00True Geometric Penetration0
Bonded or No SeparationNANAFar Open0000
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, No Ramping | Offset | < Geometric PenetrationClosedOffset + True Geometric Penetration0True Geometric Penetration0
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, Ramped Effects| Offset | < Geometric PenetrationClosedOffset + True Geometric Penetration0True Geometric PenetrationNA
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, No Ramping| – Offset | > Geometric PenetrationNear Open0| – Offset | - True Geometric PenetrationTrue Geometric Penetration0
Frictionless, Rough, or FrictionalAdd Offset, Ramped Effects| – Offset | > Geometric PenetrationNear Open0| – Offset | - True Geometric PenetrationTrue Geometric PenetrationNA

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