6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2010 4:48 PM by Poovaiah Devenira

    Pin Support

    Poovaiah Devenira

      Pin Support


      Is there a way to simulate Pin support (restraint) in Simulation, (Solid or Beam models)

      I have gone through all the restraints and have been able to find one; I would assume the beam element type should have it.

        • Re: Pin Support
          Derek Bishop
          Have you looked at using reference geometry and restraining only translation for beam nodes.
          • Re: Pin Support

            Hello, you may find what you are looking for in the Solidworks Help files under the item "Apply/Edit Beam."  This article talks about making one end of a beam (its joint) set to be a hinge (no moments transferred).  I think this is what you are looking for.


            In your simulation tree, navigate to the part you want to put the pin (hinge) support on, Right-click and select "Edit Definition."


            You're off to the races!  You will want to refer to the help file if you are to make sense of the "manual" setting.  It may take some trial and error to see if you applied the definition correctly.


            Good Luck, and I hope you win,