Tutorial: How to analyze a distributed force in Catia V5 FEM Analysis

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  1. Step 1:

    Open the file "Tutorial_FEM_plate.CATPart"
    a material is already given to the part so you can start den analysis

  2. Step 2:

    Open the analysis:
    Start -> analysis & simulation -> generative structural analysis
    choose "static analysis"

  3. Step 3:

    create a "smooth virtual part" on both holes of the plate

  4. Step 4:

    create a "user-defined restraint" on both of the smooth virtual parts as shown in the picture

  5. Step 5:

    create a "surface slider" on the rear edge of the plate

  6. Step 6:

    create a distributed force on the front upper edge of the plate
    500 N in negative z-axis

  7. Step 7:

    doubleclick on "OCTREE Tetrahedron Mesh"
    set size to 4mm
    set absolute sag to 1mm
    make sure element type is "parabolic"

  8. Step 8:

    compute your analysis

  9. Step 9:

    click on "von mises stress" to get your analysis results
    you can also select "displacement"
    or "principal stress" to get a nice view on the compressive/tensile stress
    (especially around the holes)

  10. Step 10:

    thats it