I am doing a frame and have been very glad in general for the beam simulation funtionality. One thing I would like to do is use the results for detailed analysis. In other words I want to take the loads transfered through an individual beam and apply them to a small detailed model of that beam. There are two things that are getting in my way as I try to do this. First the "Shear 1" and "Shear 2" forces seem to be applied to arbitrary planes with no relationship to the orientation of the loads applied to the beam. This is a little frustrating because I am always questioning weither "Shear 1" is in the X or Y direction when I am doing analysis, is there some sor of documentation from SW explaining the this "feature"?
Second, because I have to apply these loads to other models I like to take a snapshot of the loads in each beam with the "list beam forces tool". This also helps my elderly brethern which a are distrustful of solidworks flashiness and ease of use to be reasured by results more like they would see from NASTRAN or ANSYS. The problem here is that of translation, it's hard to know what is going on with particular elements. Axial force for instance can be listed as negative on one end "Compression?" and positive on the other end "Tension?". So how is the beam loaded tension or compression? Anyone ever dealt with this before?