I have a quick, possible silly question that I can't find a good answer to. I have a beam I want to load with a (uniform) distributed load. What all would be the difference in the three application styles: 1) Force applied to the top face in the total amount desired, 2) Uniform loading with desired specific load calculated, or 3) Distributed mass applied with total amount. Gravity would be on in all three cases to account for the beam weight. I'm more interested in comparing 1 & 2. I understand how a distributed mass can be beneficial in modal analysis, but in static is it more-or-less redundant?

Justin,

I'm not familiar with how SolidWorks Simulation handles loads applied to a face, but I suspect it is the same as ANSYS. If it is, then a force applied to a face actually results in a uniform pressure being applied to that face, so 1 and 2 give you exactly the same result. I assume that 3 would also give you the same result for a static load.

Jerry S.