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Solidworks Static Simulation; Simulate device attached to cables

Question asked by Job De Lange on Aug 17, 2017
Latest reply on Sep 4, 2017 by Oliver Washington



I try to find out how much deformation a machine part will have when it is hoisted up with cables. I understand that this will be a dynamic process. But with some assumptions I think I will be able to derive the necessary information using an static FEM model.


The problem that I'm facing is what fixtures I can use to mimic the hoisting cables. In the attached picture the cables are drawn in red. I started with using the "fixed geometry" fixture at the points that the cables are attached to the machine part, (green arrows), however I do not think this will mimic the real behavior.


What Can I do to realistically take reaction forces that the cables exert on the part into account?