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Simulate drop test as static load

Question asked by James Carchire on Jan 9, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 9, 2019 by Bill McEachern

I am trying to simulate an impact force from a drop test but only have static simulation available under my current licence.


Can the impact force of a falling object be simulated as a static load if the spring constant (or stiffness) of a structure is known?

In other words can I calculate this impact force and model it as a static load?


Spring constant/stiffness of the structure can be calculated using Hooke's law (F=kx) by running a static simulation with given load to obtain deformation x.

Thus the impact force on the structure can be calculated given the falling objects mass and drop height; F_impact=sqrt(mghk) based on conservation of energy.


There may be more info required and I have no way to verify this method as i do not have drop test simulation. Although this may be redundant as you would not use this method if you had access to the drop test simulation unless there is a significant computational advantage.


Thanks in advance for any response