I'm looking for the best way to attack this problem. I've been trying motion studies but have been finding the results to be very unrealistic. The images below show our machine in a tunnel. The rear of the machine is fixed in position while the front of the machine is propelled forward. As the machine enters the curve and hits the tunnel wall. We are trying to find the reaction forces along the beam as the machine enters the curve and hits the tunnel wall.
I haven't used motion studies on a model/problem this large before and maybe solidworks cannot properly handle this much contact. Any thoughts?