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Press Fit of Cylindrical Pin in Square Plate (with
Pull Out)
Problem/Description:

There are many applications in mechanical engineering that involve simulating an interference fit between
a cylindrical part and a mating body. Some common examples are shaft and hole interference, or pins
that are held in place by friction.

In ANSYS, there are a couple of ways to model interference fits. One way is to model the shaft and hole
as having the same geometric radius. A contact "interface treatment" (e.g., offset) is applied so that the
contact elements penetrate the target face, thereby mimicking the interference effect. Alternatively, it is
possible to incorporate the geometric interference in a CAD model, and then allow the contact formulation
to resolve the interference.

In this KR, we will present an example of resolving geometric interference using contact elements. For an
example of applying interface treatments to simulate interference, please refer to Lecture 2 of the ANSYS

Model:
The geometry used in this model is shown in Figure 1. There is a small interference of 0.01mm between
the cylindrical body and the hole in the square block.

Figure 1. Block and Cylinder Geometry Containing Interference