SS-T: 3016 Imported Forces on Spots

Import forces from a .csv file and map onto spots.

SimSolid performs meshless structural analysis that works on full featured parts and assemblies, is tolerant of geometric imperfections, and runs in seconds to minutes. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Import .csv file with force data and map the forces on spots created on the fly at specified locations.

    .csv import and mapping of loads from traditional FE solvers to SimSolid facilitates interoperability with other products.

Model Description
The following model files are needed for this tutorial:
  • ImportForcesOnSpot.ssp
  • ImportSpotForces.csv

Figure 1.
This file has the following specifications:
  • Material is set to Steel for all parts.

Open Project

  1. Start a new SimSolid session.
  2. Click the (Open Project) icon.

    Figure 2.
  3. In the Open project file dialog, choose ImportForcesOnSpot.ssp
  4. Click OK.

Review Model

  1. In the Project Tree and modeling window, review the model.
  2. Ensure all project specifications are included.

    Figure 3.

Create Structural Linear Analysis

  1. On the main window toolbar, click (Structural analysis).
  2. Choose Structural linear.

    Figure 4.
    The new analysis appears in the Project Tree under Design study 1 and the Analysis Workbench opens.

Create Immovable Support

  1. In the Analysis Workbench, click (Immovable support).
  2. In the dialog, verify the Faces radio button is selected.
  3. In the modeling window, select the faces highlighted in Figure 5.

    Figure 5.
  4. Click OK.
    The new constraint, Immovable 1, appears in the Project Tree. A visual representation of the constraint is shown on the model.

Import Spot Forces

  1. On the workbench toolbar, select > Import spot forces.
  2. Set the coordinates to mm.
  3. In the Imported remote load 1 dialog, click Import from .csv.
  4. Select ImportSpotForces.csv from the file explorer and click Open.
    The imported forces are shown in the dialog and mapped on the spots created with 5 mm diameter in the modeling window. You can edit the values in the dialog to change the load location, magnitude, and spot diameter.
  5. Review the loads in the dialog and click OK to accept.

    Figure 6.

Run Analysis

  1. In the Project Tree, open the Analysis Workbench.
  2. Click (Solve).

Review Results

  1. In the Project Tree, select the analysis results branch.
  2. On the Analysis Workbench toolbar, select (Result plot) > Displacement > Displacement Magnitude.

    Figure 7.