I see 2 spr (bug reports) in the solidworks kb (customerportal.solidworks.com), both are marked as inactive meaning not enough people had reported it and no longer on the developers list of things to fix
could mean that this is fixed in a more recent version or the feature was removed, what version and service pack are you using?
could also mean it is file specific.
i'm not sure i'm surprised that it isn't supported since it is a body load and the 2d elements don't really have a volume associated with them. but I haven't specifically tried it myself. and also there are some conditions where this may not be valid.
worst case, build a slice of the model to test.
Thank you for your response.
I'm using an educational edition of SolidWorks (version 2013 SP3.0), but I don't think that's the issue.
Attached is the image of the problem that I'm trying to solve. It is a tapered thick shell under gravity load.
The gravity load cannot be applied in the y-direction of the axisymmetric model.
However, it can be applied to the equivalent 3D model.
Is there a reason for that?
For some reasons, I have to solve the problem for the axisymmetric model.
Any suggestion is appreciated.
as I mentioned, it appears that this is currently a limitation
you'll need to solve with solid elements
it may be a feature in a newer version but I have not had a chance to check
you could double check this just isn't a model specific issue by trying some others
why do you need to do this in 2d?