I'm using FEA to simulate an in plane bending moment on a plate. The moment is 200Nm, and the plate is 80mm tall. Do I simulate the forces on the edge in situation (a) or situation (b)? It's a seemingly simple question, but people have put doubt in my head, I hoped a fresh mind might help. The length of the arrows represents magnitude, the arrow head represents direction. Shown is the right edge of the plate... That should cover everything. (a) |----> |---> |--> |-> |<- |<-- |<--- |<---- (b) |-> |--> |---> |----> |<---- |<--- |<-- |<- A swift answer would be massively appreciated. My brain is frazzled right now.