Hey,

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?

Thanks

if it were me i would skip all the contacts and use a remote load rigid restraint to get a sliding restraint at the translating end. I would just use a force for the bottom.