It is only a deformed representation of the shape.
Hi Matthew and Janko,
True. If you want to include the pre-stress in the spring in an analysis, you will likely have to run a nonlinear analysis which will simulate several steps, the first of which will be to deform the spring from its undeformed shape to its deformed shape as it is put in place in the assembly. The next step would be to apply the laods.
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