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Pressure Exerted on a weldment

Question asked by Benjamin Reilly on Dec 14, 2007
Latest reply on Dec 17, 2007 by Benjamin Reilly
I work for a company that manufactures large doors with internal steel skeletal structures that must be engineered to meet windload requirements. I currently model the skeletal structure solo as a weldment, and I want to apply the pressure across the entire face of the door to observe deformations and stress levels. I know the pressure I want (between 25 and 35 PSF depending on location), and can calculate the force it will exert on the door, but I don't know how to apply the load in a beam mesh. I say Beam mesh because it is the quickest to solve with the simple structure of our doors. Is there an easy way to do this? I've tried inserting a thin sheet similar to the cladding most often used (29ga steel), and using a blended mesh, but Cosmos cannot resolve the sheet, any thicker and I would not be representing the door properly.