I'm trying to do simulations on a couple of mechanisms, but I can't find anywhere whether my settings are ok... The mechanisms all have some kind of clamp, a bar (see attachment) and a housing around the mechanisms and I want to test them on strength. I do a static contact simulation with simple loads and I restraint the housing.I hope to find that the mechanisms are strong enough to carry a load of 400N.
In the study-properties tab I have the following settings: improve accuracy for contacting surfaces with incompatible mesh, include global friction (what is the unit of the friction coefficient?), compute free body forces, direct sparse solver. In the study itself I apply a global no penetration with extra contact sets (no penetration, surface to surface) for parts sliding on each other or when penetration still does occur. Then I check for interference and short edges.
Are my settings right? Where can I find additional information on this subject (the man with the most extended SW knowledge on the university, has never done simulations on assemblies...)?