What is the difference between Remote Loads with Direct Transfer and with Rigid Connection?

Article by Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE updated May 13, 2014


There is a fundamental difference between Remote Loads with Direct Transfer and with Rigid Connection:

  1. Remote Load with Rigid Connection links all the nodes from all the faces to the remote load location with rigid bars. There is no special calculation needed to distribute the entered force and moment value on the selected faces.
    Because of the rigid bars, all selected faces are rigid (and also rigidly connected to each other).
  2. Remote Load with Direct Transfer simulates the presence of a relatively soft component which connects all the faces together. SolidWorks Simulation has to calculate how the entered force and moment value should be distributed on the selected faces. Once the load (force + moment) to apply on each node of each selected face is determined and applied, the faces deform independently from each other.

To access the Remote Loads/Mass PropertyManager in SolidWorks Simulation, carry out one of the following:

  • In the Simulation study tree, right-click the External Loads folder and select Remote Load/Mass.
  • Or click Simulation > Loads/Fixture > Remote Load/Mass.
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Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE

Irfan holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and is as Elite AE. He contributes regularly to the SIMULATION and COMPOSER tech blogs. He has won the TenLinks Top blogger award for SOLIDWORKS. He has presented at local user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World.