SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 now unlocks the ability to apply Remote Load/Mass features to beam elements. This is available in Static, Frequency, Buckling and Linear Dynamic studies. There are now buttons to select joints and beams, similar to other load types.
You can apply the same options of Direct Transfer or Rigid Connection.
Use the Direct Transfer option if the omitted components are more flexible (weaker) so forces and moments will be applied to the beams. In this case it causes the beams to bend in as the remote load displaces.
Use the Rigid Connection option if the omitted components are very rigid. In this case it would keep the two selected beams apart, as rigid links are being applied between the load and the beams.
Convert a solid body to a remote mass
You can also convert a solid body to a remote mass and assign it to beams. Right-click on the solid body in the Simulation tree and choose Treat as Remote Mass. You have the option of applying to joints and beams.
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