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Deflection of a beam in an assembly or weldment

Question asked by Aaron Hayden on Nov 15, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2017 by Bill McEachern

When studying a weldment or assembly is there a method to get deflection for a given component (beam) where the results are isolated from the deflections of the rest of the study? Displacement is a default result plot, but that result is cumulative. I would like to be able to see the deflection (flex) of a particular piece in the study relative to its relaxed state prior to being loaded. In the particular case that I am currently working on I have a 5 bar mechanism. One end fixed, the opposite is loaded. Pin connectors used at the pivot joints. I'm interested in the deflection of one of the links of this mechanism. The displacement results can be probed, but that only tells you the total displacement of a particular node from its starting position, not how much that beam deflected.