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'Pin in Slot' type fixture for a simplified 2D analysis

Question asked by Andrew Fodchuk on Nov 21, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 26, 2018 by Andrew Fodchuk



I am not sure if I am not searching for the right term but I haven't been able to find any other relevant question about this.


I have modeled a basic leaf spring and am trying to run a basic static analysis for a given load. I was hoping to be able to analyze it as 2D problem to simplify the computation and reduce the time required between iterations. When doing the 3D analysis, I made use of a slotted mount and used the pin connector so that forward eye was only constrained in the vertical direction.


What would be the 'ideal' way to do this using 2D simplification? So far I was only able to achieve the desired results by adding a 'fixed' plate above the eye and adding a 'no penetration' contact constraint between those two. Is there a more elegant way to achieve this?