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Accounting for generator load

Question asked by Tony Antoun on Dec 10, 2015



I am modeling an energy harvesting floor with a rack and pinion mechanism. The pinion would rotate the shaft of a generator to generate electricity.

I am doing motion analysis on Solidworks to get the resultant torque on the pinion. Can anyone please tell me how to account for the load of the generator? Should I just model it as a torque opposing the rotation of the pinion? And if so, what would be its expression?model.PNG