Inserting a pinned support during simulation

Sometimes in Simulation of structural beams, one is required to define different end supports. One particular end support common in most beam analysis is the simply supported beam, i.e a beam fixed at one end and which has a pinned support on the opposite end.

So how do we define such kind of supports? Well in the following simple steps, you will be able to set up such supports.

First, we need to create our beam part in SOLIDWORKS.

A beam with a rectangular cross-section like the one shown above should do just fine. Next, go ahead and create the static study for this. Go to the add-ins folder and enable the SOLIDWORKS simulation add-in.

Since what we are interested in are the supports, then I would suggest you don’t go through the process of defining the other parameters of the study.

Go straight into the fixtures option once the window pulls up.

Click on advanced fixtures and begin to set up the pinned fixture on one of the ends. Click on the reference geometry option and with one edge selected choose the right plane as shown.

Notice that choosing no translation condition on the edge means that the support will not allow translation in any direct of the beam as it is loaded.

With this, you have successfully created a pinned support. From this, you can now be able to create different configurations for your end support.

If you require a translation in only one specified direction then you can be able to set this easily. The steps are clear and concise and should help you set up your static analysis with ease.