I am designing a table intended to store several large aluminium beams, so naturally I would like to run some simulations to find my stresses/displacements, etc. I ran a simulation on my part file, containing only the table, by using the split line feature to sketch out the footprint of the beams and applying a force to that area equal to the weights of the beam. I was able to run this simulation no problem.
Now I am trying to get more comfortable with the simulation package, so I thought it would be interesting to see how modeling the actual beams and simulating them on the table in an assembly would compare to my original simulation. I set up the assembly as pictured below, but I am running into a few issues.
What am I doing wrong? Am I not applying the proper fixtures to the beams? Currently the only fixed geometry are the bottom surfaces of the table legs. I get better results by turning the beams into distributed masses, but I am not sure if that is the most appropriate way to simulate the beams since I think (please correct me if I have this wrong) that the distributed mass assumes the two surfaces are bonded. I know there is the remote mass feature, but I am not sure how to correctly use it.
Basically my question boils down to this: What is the best way to simulate an otherwise unconstrained (no clamps, bolts, etc.) load on a flat surface?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!