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About Structure Loads
You can choose from several different distribution and spatial variation methods when applying structure loads. You can tailor the load to accurately simulate the true load conditions. For example, the spatial variation options enable you to specify linear variations or variations that are a function of an equation you define.
The way you load your model depends on whether you are working in Structure or Thermal. For Creo Simulate to perform most types of analysis, you must load at least one area of your model. You can group the loads into load sets. See Guidelines for Structure Loads or Guidelines for Load Sets for more information.
Although each Creo Simulate load type requires a slightly different definition method, there are several factors that govern all loads.
You can create the following types of Structure loads, depending on your model type:
force and moment loads
bearing loads—not available in FEM mode
centrifugal loads
gravity loads
pressure loads
bolt preloads—not available in FEM mode
temperature loads
You can apply temperature results from a Thermal analysis as a temperature load.
If you have a 2D model, and you want to associate loads with a UCS, the UCS must meet the following criteria:
The UCS Z axis must be parallel to the WCS Z axis.
The UCS origin must lie in the WCS XY plane.
If you have run an analysis in Mechanism Design, you can also transfer loads to Structure.
You can create loads by selecting the appropriate button on the Home tab. You can troubleshoot loads, control load icon visibility, place loads on layers, and review resultant loads.