I have Solidworks Simulation standard but not the license that allows me to do modal vibration analysis.
Now I would like to estimate the natural frequency of a tubular frame with a big mass mounted on top.
So I thought If I apply a force at the location of the mass (700mm above the frame) by means of a "remote load" and I simulate the deflection of the interface at which the remote load is attached.
Then I estimate the deflection "dx" of the mass at 700mm above the interface by assuming a rigid connection between the mass and the interface.
Then I could determine some sort of stiffness "k" = F/dx
Then I calculate the frequency by considering my system as a single DOF spring-mass system with f0= 1/2pi * (k/m)^0.5
I get a result of 23Hz which is in the order of what could be expected (customer demands 25Hz minimum) but I wonder how accurate this estimation would be?
Off course I applied the remote load in the direction which results in the biggest deflection of the frame.
Can anyone tell me whether my assumption would be correct or am I doing too much simplifications here?