Phil  Casey

Cosmos Results

Discussion created by Phil Casey on Apr 17, 2007
Latest reply on May 3, 2007 by Vince Adams
A project in my mechanics of materials class requires us toconstruct a bridge to span a 35 inch gap and support a minimum loadof a single standard brick.  I'm using cosmos to try analyzewhat i can expect from my bridge design.  The problem lies inthat im having trouble interpreting what the results mean. for instance, if i take my design and set restraints as if itwas on a table, and apply a load of 4.35 lbs to the bearing surfaceof the bridge, and use the material properties that were providedto us for our hand calculations, the stress, strain, anddeformation plots dont give me any useful information.  Howexactly does cosmos report results?