I have to perform FEA on an agricultural bale handler as part of engineering coursework. Essentially it's a pinned structure with a hydraulic actuator which clamps a round bale in between two 'jaws.'
Could anyone point me in the direction of being able to do this by simulating the bale? So I could put a force and a reaction force through the actuator which clamped down onto something the same dimensions of the bale? I'm not concerned about the bale deflecting at all, I just want something to represent the reaction force of the bale on the jaws on its correct points of contact, as these point loads would be the worst case scenario.
Thanks in advance!