I have an assembly with two plates that is contstrained using assembly constraints. There is a gap of 2mm between the plates. What I need to do is apply a load to one of the plates, which will cause it to deform and contact the other plate, thus transferring the load and deforming the other plate. In the end, both plates would deform and the gap would be closed.
My problem is I cannot simulate this gap properly. If I create a connection between the two plates, the gap is never closed. It deforms both plates, but the gap is rigid and is always 2mm. I have tried modeling a square "spacer" and giving it material properties of foam, creating a spring connection, and a virtual part and cannot get the results I'm looking for. Can anyone shed some light on this problem?