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Applying Loads to A Beam

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12-01-2013 07:17 PM




I'm working in Autodesk Simulation Mechanical and I have an I-beam which I'm constraining at the ends and applying a load (distributed and a point)  to the top surface of the beam. I only want to apply the distributed load from one edge up to a certain length of the top surface (not the entire surface) and the point load at any point on the surface. How do I go about doing this?


Thanks in advance.






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Re: Applying Loads to A Beam

12-02-2013 10:45 AM in reply to: sdblacke
Hi Shawn,

How are you modeling the beam (what kind of elements are you using)? Are you using beam elements (lines), a solid representation of the beam (using brick elements), or a surface/midplane model (using plate elements)? Depending on which elements you are using, will have different answers.


James Kubli

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Re: Applying Loads to A Beam

05-14-2014 07:29 PM in reply to: KubliJ

i used autodesk simulation student version.my problem is, how to create distributed load on the flat structure.in my case is pallet structure..i want to test on 10000N distributed load.


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bill lah

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Re: Applying Loads to A Beam

05-16-2014 06:35 AM in reply to: billah91

After defining the element type to be beam, you select the lines that you want to load ("Selection > Select > Lines") and apply the load ("Setup > Beam Loads > Beam Distributed Load").

John Holtz, PE
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Pittsburgh, PA

16 years experience with Simulation Mechanical
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