Components for Slider Connection Reaction Measures
A slider connection allows translation along one axis. The software labels the translation axis Z. You can measure one of the following quantities for slider connections:
• Axial force—The component of the force in the direction of the translation axis (Z).
• Axial moment—The moment about the translation axis (Z).
• Lateral force—The magnitude of the force in the plane perpendicular to the translation axis.
• Lateral force X—The component of the force in the X direction.
• Lateral force Y—The component of the force in the Y direction.
• Lateral moment—The magnitude of the moment in the plane perpendicular to the translation axis.
• Lateral moment X—The moment around the slider X axis.
• Lateral moment Y—The moment around the slider Y axis.
When you select the slider connection and any component other than Lateral force or Lateral moment, a magenta arrow appears on the connection indicating the positive direction of action. Consider carefully whether this direction is actually the one for which you want the force or moment.
Use lateral force measures if you are interested in the reaction forces perpendicular to the direction of translation. Use lateral force moments if you are interested in the moments perpendicular to the direction of translation. Use axial moment measures if you are interested in torques causing rotation around the translation axis.

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