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FEA analysis of linkage with pinned connections

Question asked by Michael Cousins on Mar 1, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 3, 2014 by Shaun Densberger

hi folks,

i'm having troubles tests parts in my system that are pinned at both ends with forces acting in the center. I've been trying to use the simulation package however I can't seem to get the correct fixtures. As per the attached screen shots, I have a arc-structure that has a perpendicular and tangential force acting at some point near the center. Does anyone know what kind of connectgions or fixtures I can use at either end so that they act like pinned connections? When not under load this link can rotate freely about either pin.

Any help would be great.