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Modeling clamping effect in SolidWorks FEA

Modeling clamping effect in SolidWorks FEA

Modeling clamping effect in SolidWorks FEA

I am currently running a FEA analysis on a plate for my project where a block is clamped to one of the free ends of a 100mm thick plate. How do I model the clamping effect accurately in SolidWorks FEA?

I made a few attempts -
Attempt 1
I modeled the block as a remote mass and gave it higher CG in Y axis (straight up). For area of contact I made a split line area and connected that remote mass to the area and applied gravity, it gave me a max deflection of 60 microns.

Attempt 2 -

I made same set up but did not use split line area instead I connected the remote mass to the entire of area of plate (the top face)

I have attached a picture for reference with front and top views (bottom two views next to each other)

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RE: Modeling clamping effect in SolidWorks FEA

Method #1 seems like a good start. Have you done any hand calculations to see if that 60microns is reasonable?

RE: Modeling clamping effect in SolidWorks FEA

The mass should be applied only to the region to which the block is attached. Instead of a remote mass, you could use a distributed mass.

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