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How do you actually apply a bearing load? (Solidworks Simulation)

Question asked by Joshua Christopher on Nov 8, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 9, 2011 by Sander Buys



This is concerning Solidworks 2010-2011 Student Edition (although I am having the same problem at work on Solidworks 2012 Premium).


I was wondering how I can actually go about applying a bearing load in Solidworks Simulation. This is a much simplified case of what I am trying to accomplish and it basically comes down to a pin and fork. I am getting the error "Bearing Load requires te selection of a coordinate system and a set of cylindrial faces of same radii and the Z-axis of the coordinate system must be coincident with the axis of the cylindrical faces" whenever I try to add a bearing load.




As I read that:


1) Coordinates system with Z-axis coincident with the axis of the cylindrical faces.


I am not sure what it means make the Z-axis coincident with the axis of the cylindrical faces. As you can see in the picture above it is parallel to the axis and I have been able to make that coordinate system coincident to points, but I have yet to be able to figure out how to make it coincident with the center of the pin as there are no points there (that is, just a face. Or in the case where I remove the pin there is nothing but the bore, the axis seems to be unselectable as a vertex for the coordinate system position).


2) Set of cylindrical faces of the same radii.


I am assuming this means without the pin (since due to tolerances it will not be the same radius as the bore on the fork). With the pin in I selected the outer face of the pin and the two faces made by the bore. Without the pin I just selected the bore faces.




I have tried just about every combination I can think of, I have no idea how to get past this error to set a bearing load.


Thank you for your time!