I've been messing with alot of particular point loads along a model with alot of broken up elements. It would be easier for what I'm doing if there was a different way to identify where a load falls in a model.
Current Method: Manually identifying in excel where the point load would fall on a given element and using interpolation to find the x/L co-ordinate. EX: elements 1-100 are of varying lengths and are all consecutively numbered to represent a span. I manually Identify that the load falls on element 50 with an arbtrary x/L that relevant to just element 50.
Desired Method: Manually specify a range of elements (1-100 in this case) and specify x/L in terms of the total length of the 1-100 element group and let RM infer the load location on the appropriate element.
Any insight is appreciated.
Hi Ryan, why are you not using Assemblies definition for applying the elements you desire on the load case?
Ana Carla Peres
Senior Technical Support Engineer
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I looked at the assembly definition and when specifying the x/L it generates a point load on all 100 elements. This is not desirable, as I want a single point load placed at the assembly's .5=x/L, not each individual element. Is there something basic I'm missing?
You define the assembly with the number of elements that you desire and where you want to place the load. The assembly can be defined with only one element, if desired.
Thanks for the update and quick reply. I'll be sure to keep an eye on this thread. Looking for the same issue. Bumped into your thread. Thanks for creating it. Looking forward for solution.
It is possible to do it with load case variables definition. Try with IQVAR internal variable.