im am using abaqus 6.1 and face with this problem. my model consist of several layers on top of each other in order of a small plate, concrete overlay, overlay base, and lastly a thick soil layer. when a load is applied on the plate on the top, the overlay-base and base-soil interface will penetrate into each other. i dont think that this is a problem with the meshing because the meshing and size of the overlay and base are equal. is there a way to stop the problem of penetration? or does it not matters to the result? thanks in advance
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