In the attached pic, I have a series of rings attached with threaded rod. I would like to do 3 things:
1. simulate the threaded rod connections. 2. I will have a series of wires that span each individual ring and are pretensioned (not shown in pic) 3. Loading of the whole frame takes place where the wires cross (i.e. The very top ring would have 3 wires that cross in the middle of the ring, this is where I would load the construct.)
I have seen technique guides on PTC web site to simulate bolted connections using beam elements and shells. I am assuming I would do something similar for the threaded rod.
The pretensioned wires are a different matter. Does anyone have an idea on what I can do to simulate pretension in wires?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
e Michael Wahl Product Development Engineer External Fixation 610-719-6500 x6913