Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Calculating vertical load with multiple bodies

  1. Feb 27, 2009 #1
    I'm currently writing a vehicle simulator and have constructed a chassis out of physical node bodies that are connected as in the screenshot below. I am trying to work out the normal force at each of the green circles such that if it were suspended by each of the four nodes, the summation of the normal force at each of the green circled nodes would equal the weight of the chassis. I can work out the net force acting on the nodes individually by taking the derivative of momentum over time but that doesn't take into account the mass of the rest of the chassis. I think this may involve weight transfer or COG variables? I need to scale the individual net force by something although I'm not sure what. Any help is much appreciated.

    chassis.jpg
     
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted