For Motion Analysis studies, when you can model component contact in your assembly with two curves that touch during motion, you can define curve-to-curve contact between the two components. When the two components make intermittent contact during the motion analysis, curve-to-curve contact applies contact forces to the components, preventing them from moving through each other. You can also constrain the continual contact of two components with curve-to-curve contact.
You can include curve-to-curve contact in a motion study when you can define contact between two parts from two curves that touch in parallel or coincident planes. You can use straight lines, edges, closed contours, splines, arcs, or continuous curves to define the contact.
- Continual curve-to-curve contact
Specify continual curve-to-curve contact in a Motion Analysis study when you can use the continual contact between two curves or edges in a plane to define the contact between two components. Continual curve-to-curve contact constrains components to touch throughout the motion.
- Intermittent curve-to-curve contact
Specify intermittent curve-to-curve contact in a Motion Analysis study when you can you can use the contact between two curves or edges in parallel planes to define the contact between two components that are not in continual contact.