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Connector - Pin

A Pin connects a solid or a shell body to another solid or shell body. The selection entities can be cylindrical faces or circular edges of two bodies.

Type

  • Cylindrical Faces/Edges of Component 1 . Select a full cylindrical face (360°) or a number of cylindrical faces of smaller angles. The selections must belong to the same body and must be coaxial with the same radius. The selected edge must belong to a predefined shell surface. For sheet metal parts, select a solid cylindrical face, and the program transfers the pin connector to the circular edge of the mid surface shell.

  • Cylindrical Faces/Edges of Component 2 . Select a full cylindrical face (360°) or a number of cylindrical faces of smaller angles. The selections must belong to a body different than component 1 and must be coaxial with the same radius. The selected edge must belong to a predefined shell surface. For sheet metal parts, select a solid cylindrical face, and the program transfers the pin connector to the circular edge of the mid surface shell.

Connection Type

  • With retaining ring (No translation). Prevents relative axial translation between the two cylindrical faces.

  • With key (No rotation). Prevents relative rotation between the two cylindrical faces.

Advanced Option

  • Units .

  • Axial Stiffness . Stiffness in the axial direction. Unavailable if No Translation is selected.

  • Rotational Stiffness . Stiffness in the circumferential direction. Unavailable if No Rotation is selected.

  • Include mass . Includes the Mass  of the pin in the analysis. The mass value is used in frequency, buckling analysis, and in static and nonlinear analysis when gravity and centrifugal loads are selected.

Material (appears when Strength Data box is selected)

  • Library. Click Select Material to open the Material dialog box.

Simulation selects Alloy steel from the SolidWorks Material library as the material by default.

Strength Data (available for static and nonlinear studies)

  • Tensile Stress Area. Set the known tensile stress area for the pin. Select its unit in Unit.

  • Pin Strength. Yield strength of the pin material. Select its unit in Unit.

  • Safety Factor. Set the safety factor for the pass/no pass design check of the pin. The pin fails when its combined load exceeds the ratio of 1/safety factor. Click here for the pass/no pass design check for connectors.

Symbol Settings

  • Edit color. Select a color for the symbols.

  • Symbol Size . Set the size of the symbols.

  • Show preview. Toggles the display of the connector symbols in the graphics area.

Notes

  • Available for static, nonlinear, buckling, and frequency studies.

  • You need to select the Strength Data box to perform a pass/no pass pin check.

  • Under loading, pin connectors behave as follows:

    • The pin remains straight (it does not bend)

    • Each face maintains its original shape but can move as a rigid body

    • All faces defining the pin connector remain coaxial



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