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Free Body Force

You can list the free body forces at selected faces, edges, vertices or components. The forces can come from contact, external loads, restraints, or connectors.


  • Plane, Axis or Coordinate System . Select to list the results relative to the selected entity.

  • Vertex or Reference Point for Location of Moment.. Select the location to list the moments

  • Units . Sets the output units.

  • Faces, Edges, or Vertices . Lists the selected entities. Edge selection is available for shells only.

  • Components . Lists the selected components.

  • Update. Updates the results based on the current selected entities.

Free Body Force

Lists the free body forces of the selected entities and the entire model.

Free Body Moment

Lists the free body moments of the selected entities and the entire model.

Display Options

Display resultant forces. When checked, the three force vectors (X-, Y- and Z- components) are converted to a resultant force vector. Only the resultant force vector is displayed.

To list free body forces:

  1. Run a static study with Compute free body forces selected on the Options tab of the Static dialog box.

  2. Right-click the Results folder and select List Result Force. Under Options, select Free body force.

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Click Simulation, Result Tools, Free Body Force.

  1. In the PropertyManager, set Units to the desired output units.

  2. In the graphics area, select the desired entities for Face, Edges,or Vertices or Components

  3. Click Update.

View the results under Free Body Force.

  1. Click .

Related Topics

Listing Results

Contact/Friction Force

List Remote Load Interface Force

Reaction Force

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