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About Analyses
You define the way a mechanism should move by adding modeling entities, such as motors, forces, torques, and gravity to your mechanism. When you run an analysis, you define a combination of constraints, modeling entities, gravity, and friction that is used to calculate a mechanism's response.
You can create multiple analysis definitions, using different motors or forces, and locking different entities, to organize your investigation of the motion of a particular mechanism into unique studies, without having to build separate assembly models. Each result is saved in a playback sequence.
Click Mechanism Analysis to create and manage analyses. There are five types of analyses:
Kinematic—Use a kinematic analysis to make your mechanism move with servo motors, and analyze the motion without reference to forces acting on the system.
Dynamic—Use a dynamic analysis to study the relationship between the inertial, gravitational, and external forces acting on the mass of bodies in your mechanism.
Static—Use a static analysis to study forces acting on a body when it has reached equilibrium.
Force Balance—Use a force balance analysis to determine the forces required to keep a mechanism fixed in a particular configuration.
Position—Use a position analysis to determine whether your mechanism can assemble under the requirements of the applied servo motors and connections.
All these analyses can be run if you have a Mechanism Dynamics license. If not, you can only run Position and Kinematic analyses.
After an analysis is run, create measures to evaluate it quantitatively.