I'm wondering how to solve the following problem using Solidworks Simulation: I want to be able to determine the force that it would take to insert a pin in a slot (accounting for normal and frictional force).
Here's an example screenshot of what I'm looking to do:
- I'm holding the base of my slot fixed (shown in green)
- have rollers/sliders to constrain y & z movement of my pin (shown in red)
- I'm applying a 2mm displacement on the pin to shove it into the slot (shown in magenta)
- I have a contact set defined between the pin/slot as "no penetration" with the coefficient of friction defined between the 2 faces as .5
After I run the static FEA analysis (don't have dynamic package) I end up with a force on the back face of the pin of 0.0044 lbs. But, if I just perform a displacement on the slot (deform it as it will when the pin is inserted), I get a resultant force 0.015 lbs. So I'm going wrong somewhere: my insertion force due to friction will be higher (0.5*0.015 lbs) than the 0.0044 lbs specified from the simulation of the pin going into the slot.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.