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Can I simuate soil holding a tent stake in Solidworks Simulation

Question asked by Michael Pacolla on Oct 28, 2015

I am a doing a Senior Design project at NIU. A partner of our technology department has created a tent stake with a curve in its shank. I want to test its holding power in dirt compared to a traditional straight shank. In order to do this I need to figure out how to fixture/connect the tent stake to another part that simulates dirt. I am not sure how to constrain the part for the FEA studies. Does anyone have any ideas?