Loads & Constraints (FEA Part 2)

Bite-sized course


A key objective of this session (and of any future sessions) is to explicitly ask the question ‘What am I trying to find out?’ before beginning. Models must ‘mature’ before they give the answers sought and it is highly unlikely the first model will do everything required of it.

Each part of the process is covered in greater detail as separate tutorials.

Loads & Constraints covered in two 3 hour sessions

Part 1 Focusing on Loads  Part 2 Focusing on Constraints


• What are the real loads?
• Inertial (body) loads
• Directly applied
• Total load at point
• Torque loads
• Preloads
• Are point loads good?
• Review total load and accounting for inertial loads
• Loading a component from an assembly
• Pointing loads using skeletons
• Coordinate systems
• Thermal loads in structure