Dave Solly

Deflection of Aluminium Profile

Discussion created by Dave Solly on May 20, 2009
Latest reply on May 20, 2009 by Gary Garrison
Hi People...

I'm very new to the world of simulation within solidworks, about the limit of my experiences is basic comosxpress simulation on individual parts.

Basically what I need to do is to work out the deflection of a thermally broken length of aluminium extrusion. (for those that don't know windows, 2 separate aluminium extrusion profiles joined by a glass filled polyamide extrusion (see attached image))

is there a way that I can easily anchor the ends of the profile and apply a force to the centre to measure the deflection of the beam.
when opening simulation it tells me that I need to complete a motion study first.
but to be honest.... I'm not sure where to start as motion study doesn't (that I can see atleast) allow me to do this in a matter that would simulate applying a load to the profile and anchor the ends.

Any help you can offer or if you could point me in the direction of a good tutorial

Many thanks