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Confussion with setting up loading conditions on cylinder

  1. Oct 17, 2015 #1
    I have a horizontally supported cylindrical tube that is fixed at both ends. I modeled half of it to run the simulation on in Abaqus. The only load that it has is its weight. What I get confused at with cylindrical geometry is applying the load. How should I apply the gravitational load and at what location?
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  3. Oct 18, 2015 #2
    Isn't the gravitational load uniformly distributed over the volume of material comprising the tube?

  4. Oct 18, 2015 #3
    That is correct. I just wasn't sure how to set up the loading conditions on a cylindrical surface for gravity.
  5. Oct 18, 2015 #4
    The cylinder is horizontal and you are using cylindrical coordinates, correct? So the z axis of the cylindrical coordinate system is horizontal. But, gravity is acting downward. Can you represent the direction of gravity in terms of the circumferential coordinate θ and the cylindrical coordinate unit vectors?

    Are you using a shell model or a 3D model? Or, are you treating the tube like a beam?

  6. Oct 18, 2015 #5
    I am not using cylindrical coordinates, I don't want to have to do any coordinate transformations afterwards. I am using a 3D model that I created.
  7. Oct 18, 2015 #6
    The (distributed) gravitational force per unit volume is equal to ρg, where ρ is the density.
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