What is the best way to extract loads at flanges? I have modelled all flanges as rigids with an anchor and cnode, a technique I read about on here. I want to confirm that I am interpreting the results correctly. If I have a section of pipe along the +ve X axis, say 10m length with nodes 10 to 100 and a flanged connection at nodes 40-50 (rigid) and 51 to 55 (rigid). So I have an anchor at node 50 with cnode to 51. The piping then continues along the +ve X axis. This then allows easier viewing of the flange loads via the restraints summary (global). The restraints summary reports the loads on the restraints, so looking at the restraint summary for node 50, if Fx = -100kN, am I correct in interpreting this as being in compression?
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