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mixed beam & solid analysis?

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mixed beam & solid analysis?

Is it possible to use beams & solids together in Mechanica Wildfire 2.0?



I have frame rails connected by crossmembers which are structural
c-channels, and I'd like to approximate the crossmembers using beams, while
keeping the frame rails as solid elements. So I created datum points on the
frame rail parts, and used those datum points as the endpoints when creating
my beam idealizations. However, the run terminates with a fatal error,
saying the model is underconstrained. As soon as I take my beam elements
out, the model runs fine. What am I doing wrong, or is this something
Mechanica just can't do?

Thanks!





Lyle Beidler

MGS Incorporated

178 Muddy Creek Church Road

Denver PA 17517

Phone: 717-336-7528

Fax: 717-336-0514

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