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Simple Static Study

Question asked by Brandan Philbrook on Aug 6, 2014
Latest reply on Aug 11, 2014 by Patrick O'Hern

I have ran and been successful at numerous solidworks simulations, many of which have been more advanced than this, and all in version 2013. However, 2014 seems to be giving me trouble. I have an I beam that is supported at 3 lengths

Here is what my full assembly looks like:

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Below is an image of a simulation study I want to run. It is 1 of 2 I-beams that support the Total Weight Rating (20,000lbs). I figured the force by simply taking 10,000lbs/35ft which is roughly 285lbs/ft and applying it to the top face of the Beam. I have tried the following scenarios for the fixed geometry, all which either the mesh fails, or the simulation is terminated:

 

  • Made separate parts at the places I want to be fixed
  • Simply adding an extrusion onto the beam with a lip overhang (merged and unmerged result) at the places I want to be fixed so I can select the touching faces can be selected as a contact
  • A mixture/combination of other fixture scenarios

 

Below is the force diagram on the beam that I am shooting for, attached is the assembly

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