I have a single incline support modeled, If I want to arrest all the three global directions then I have to add two more Incline supports perpendicular along the horizontal directions with 0mm Gap.
Instead of 3 individual supports could I insert just 1 anchor component to avoid these three supports..?
Also, how many supports at 1 node point constitutes an anchor?
Open any support dialog screen and press the Help button. The Help information for supports will appear, showing a grid listing each support used in AutoPIPE with a description and respective bearing directions. A support may be added at any point in the piping (or framing) system, and more than one support is allowed at a point. Knowing this, combine supports as needed to mimic your piping support in AutoPIPE.
To answer the specific question above, assuming the pipe is on a global axis, an incline support bearing direction is user specified. One solution would be to add an incline support for each global axis direction, and yes, another solution would be to insert a single anchor with Trans. Stiff. set as needs and Rot. Stiff. set = 0.00 in all 3 directions. Or insert Rot. Stiff. values if it was decided to also control rotating resistance. Another option would be to add a single guide support with 0.00 gaps in all directions and Line stop with 0.00 gaps in all directions.
An anchor can be represented by 6 individual AutoPIPE supports:
1. incline on global X-axis
2. incline on global Y-axis
3. incline on global Z-axis
4. Rotation on global X-axis
5. Rotation on global Y-axis
6. Rotation on global Z-axis
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