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Finding the load limit for a component?

Question asked by Jason Richardson on Oct 20, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 24, 2011 by Jason Richardson

I'm having difficulties finding the force which is required to make a shear pin break in a weak-link chain.

 

I have the simulation all up and running and the von mises FOS is coming out at 0.3 when I know the modelled component has been tested to break at this load.

 

So I guess the question is, how do I know what load will rip the shear pin appart? There's some pretty large deformation shown. Do any points with a FOS below 1 result in failure?

 

Appologies for the vagueness of the question. It's my first week of work and the first time I've used solidworks in a few years.

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