Keyword type: model definition
This option is used to start a surface interaction definition. A surface interaction data block is defined by the options between a *SURFACE INTERACTION line and either another *SURFACE INTERACTION line or a keyword line that does not define surface interaction properties. All surface interaction options within a data block will be assumed to define the same surface interaction. If a property is defined more than once for a surface interaction, the last definition is used. There is one required parameter, NAME, defining the name of the surface interaction with which it can be referenced in surface interactions (e.g. *CONTACT PAIR). The name can contain up to 80 characters.
If used for penalty contact the surface interaction definition must contain a *SURFACE BEHAVIOR card.
Surface interaction data requests outside the defined ranges are extrapolated in a constant way. Be aware that this occasionally occurs due to rounding errors.
Example: *SURFACE INTERACTION,NAME=SI1
starts a material block with name SI1.
Example files: contact1, contact2.