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Bowden Cable Assembly

Question asked by Lou Digilio on Jul 26, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 27, 2010 by Deepak Gupta

Does anyone have experience in designing and modeling a cable that slides through a small conduit? The cable diameter would be much smaller than the conduit and would have formed bends at the ends such that it would impart a force on the ID of the larger conduit. It would resist during sliding. I would like to model this assembly to show this smaller cable deforming at key points during translation. Is this possible? I guess this is more of a dynamic deformation analysis. The only thing I can think of is to model the smaller wire like a stiff chain?! See pic below: