In this brief tutorial, we show you an example of analyzing a model using Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical 360 and reviewing the analysis results. We will determine the displacement, stress, and safety factor of a heavily loaded support beam using the Static Stress with Linear Material Models analysis type.
Before you begin, please watch this short video that demonstrates the steps of the tutorial:
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To start, download the model archive (Support_Beam_Setup.ach) by clicking here. Save this file to a folder on your computer, and unzip the contents.
Open the Model
- Locate the file Support _Beam_Setup.ach using your Windows file browser and double-click the file to launch the Simulation Mechanical 360 software.
- You will be prompted to select the folder where you want the extracted model files to be located. The default location is the folder where the archive file resides.
- Click OK. The model appears in the FEA Editor environment and appears as shown in the following image.
The model has already been meshed and set up with the following material, load, and constraints:
- Mesh size: 10 mm
- Material: Steel (ASTM - A36)
- Load: 250,000 pound downward force on the central portion of the top surface of the beam (indicated by green arrows).
- Constraints: 3D spring supports at the narrow mounting surfaces on the underside of the beam (one at each end). The stiffness of each support is 100,000 N/mm acting in all three global directions (X, Y, and Z). This type of support simulates a very stiff, but non-rigid, elastic foundation under the beam.
This completes the Support Beam Quick-Start Tutorial! You may wish to perform the full model setup procedure yourself. To do this, start with the Support Beam CAD Model tutorial on the Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2013 Wiki Help.
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