SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 Remote Load/Mass for Beams

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated November 19, 2016

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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.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Remote Load Beam Option

Beam options in Remote Load/Mass

You can apply the same options of Direct Transfer or Rigid Connection.

Type of Remote Load

Type of Remote Load

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.

Direct Transfer Displacement

Direct Transfer Displacement

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.

Rigid Connection Displacement

Rigid Connection Displacement

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.

Treat as Remote Mass

Treat as Remote Mass

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources

Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars.

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.