Application Focus: Contact Wear Simulation


Wear is a complex phenomenon that is normally studied under tribology. As engineers, we would like to model this complex behavior using finite element approach.

Wear is the progressive loss of material from the surface of a solid body when in contact with another body. Wear can be approximated by models that relate various quantities at the contact surface to material loss.

In this webinar, we will present how ANSYS Mechanical APDL can be used to model wear where it is approximated by repositioning the contact nodes at the contact surface. The new coordinates of the nodes are determined by a wear model. The following models are available for defining wear:

  • Archard wear model
  • User-defined wear model

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