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Summary of Force and Torque Load

Load Type

Loaded Geometric Entities

Reference Geometry Entities

Required Input

Normal Force

Uniform

Faces of solids and shells, and edges of shells

N/A

Unit and value of the force. The program applies the specified force to EACH entity.

Nonuniform

Faces

Coordinate system to define intensity

Unit and value of the force and polynomial coefficients to define the intensity. The program applies the specified force to EACH face.

Directional Force

Uniform

Reference points, vertices, edges, faces, joints, beams

Face, edge, plane, or axis

Unit and value of the force. The program applies the specified force to EACH entity.

Nonuniform

Faces of solids and shells, edges of shells, beams

Face, edge, plane, or axis for direction, and a coordinate system for intensity

 

Unit and value of the force and polynomial coefficients to define the intensity. The program applies the specified force to EACH entity.

Linear, parabolic, elliptical or table-driven distribution for beams

Torque

Faces (usually circular or cylindrical faces), beams.

Axis or a cylindrical face

Unit and value of the torque. The program applies the specified torque to EACH entity.



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