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nonuniform pressure distribution

Question asked by Serhey Moroz on May 29, 2013
Latest reply on Jun 3, 2013 by Jared Conway

Hello colleagues

I am simulating a model of storage bin, assuming it's loaded with coal. Bin walls are nonuniformaly loaded due to pressure decrease in vertical direction. I use "nonuniform distribution" in "pressure" feature. It seems to be simulating all right. My walls are quite big, I can see that stress is changing a lot between top and bottom. Now, I would like to confirm that my quadratic function that I inserted is actually doing right job. I am trying to prob "free body force" by using "List Result force" feature in repots. Unfortunately I cannot measure my load close to certain node/area. It selects whole surface, and giving me force as function of area and pressure applied to it.

Please, anyone who has bigger experience, advice me on that. Ideally it would be great to know the pressure in certain areas of surface. Or, maybe it's possible to measure the pressure acting on separate "mesh element". I cannot get it right.

Thank you for any advice