Force applied on multiple faces are equally distributed or not

  • Last Post 09 April 2019
Chandra posted this 08 April 2019

Hello everyone,

I am working on a model, where in multiple faces are present on that object.

Assumption :

I am applying force of 8000lbf onto the object having selected two faces. Does 8000lbf is equally distributed between those two faces or each face is applied 8000lbf.

Would appreciate, if you help me to clarify .



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peteroznewman posted this 09 April 2019

The force is distributed by the area of each face. So if the two faces have the same area, then the force is equal, but if one face has a larger area, that face will get more of the total force in proportion to the area.

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Chandra posted this 09 April 2019

Thanks Peteroznewman for your response.

It really helped me out. Thanks.


jj77 posted this 09 April 2019

Actually apdl which is the core (solver,..) of wb, will apply your force as an equivalent pressure, and thus as Peter means it will be sort of that the force in each face will be different if they have different areas since: Pressure/Face_Area.

Normally in structural engineering the pressure (wind load, snow load,..) is known and hence we apply a pressure, and that is anyhow what ansys does also, converts your force to pressure.





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