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Motion study and deformation combined?

Question asked by Matt Juric on Mar 14, 2019

I want to do a plastic deformation study on a part. The deformation will be caused by one part rolling on another part. Something similar to a steel mill making a smaller and smaller piece of material by sending it thru a series of rollers.


In my case my part is stationary and the rollers are moving.


I can get the parts to move the way I want in a motion study. I can do a static simulation on a single part showing the the force and deformation at a single point. I can't seem to figure out how to make one part "Use the Force", said in my best Obi Wan voice, to cause the "Point force" on the other part. I also can't seem to figure out how to make the parts move in the Simulation with the force applied.


So to use the steel mill scenario. In a motion study I can get the steel to move and the rollers to pinch the steel. In the simulation I can show the deformation that would be caused by the roller and force in a single spot. I can't figure out how to get the steel to roll down the line and the force to act upon the surface as it is rolling.


Any direction would be appreciated.