Hmmm, maybe I'm not understanding the problem correctly, but the geometry for this problem seems to be over-constrained.
From the problem statement:
The distance from the center of the sphere to the contact point on block B (or A for that matter) is (√R)/2. We'll call this B.
Is there more information you can provide on this research opportunity focusing in fastening and joining (ex: what type of joining)? Of the given choices, automotive structures is the most applicable; you'll want to focus in structural analysis.
SolidWorks mostly likely cannot (depending on what you want to simulate). If you want to simulate an airbag deploying, then you'd need a code that can do highly non-linear dynamics, such as LS-DYNA (Abaqus and MSC can do it as well, but probably not as well as LS-DYNA).
This is a simple fluids and statics problem. You'll first need to figure out you mass flow through the boom arm and the area of the inlet; you can use these values to calculate the force at the inlet of the boom. You'll then apply a force and moment balance at the outlet end of the boom (where...
I'm using Green's Functions for heat conduction problems, and I'm trying to solve the following integral:
You can scribe a gear (straight cut teeth) on a piece of brass. Use a hacksaw to cut off the bulk of the material, a drill to bore out the shaft hole, and then a file to shave everything down to the final shape. Very time consuming, but it will work non the less.
Maybe I'm not understanding you mechanism correctly, but if the spring only supports a compression/tension load and is always in the center of the two cross bars, then the load in the spring will be exactly the same as the vertical load applied at the top (assuming no friction). All horizontal...