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I have a buckling problem where a cylinder is lying down and has a load applied on one side. I was asked to include body loads in the analysis as well as the applied force. Do all applied loads scale for the eigenvalue result, or is there a way to set some loads to be constant and have the analysis only only output an eigenvalue for some of the loads?

I have not found anything about being able to do that so I was thinking I simply have to iterate the body load - start at 1g, then vary it so that at the end of the last analysis the buckling load results include a 1g body load. To properly get the reaction forces from the applied force + body load on the curved surface I was thinking I would copy all nodes on the contacted surface, displace them a small amount, and add stiff compressive gap elements. Then there would be no constraint preventing that section from crumpling in, but it would not be able to move radially out, though the ground, and the reaction forces on that side would increase as the applied force increases.

It is a rather large model, so I plan on making a smaller, simple, model to check things before going all out on it, but I figured I would check in here as well to see what issues I will have with that setup and if there is a better way to go about it.  I do plan on checking the final results with a non-linear analysis, though I have not really started thinking about that one yet, since there is also contact to deal with (which I may just turn off and consider the results conservative). We do not have the advanced non-linear solver or DYNA for non-linear contact.

Thank you

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# Re: Buckling with Body Loads

Gears Phenom

This is prestressed buckling problem. Nastran can keep gravity as constant while calculating critical applied load.

https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/CAE-Simulation-NX-Nastran-Forum/Pre-stressed-bucklin...

# Re: Buckling with Body Loads

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Perfect! Thank you. I figured there would be some way to do it.

So I just get the load into the input file as a 'preload' in FEMAP to make sure it is in the file properly, then edit the case control and use the edited file to run run.  That is hopefully fairly straight forward get done.

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