A new connector type has been introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2022; the Linkage Rod Connector.
This connector is used to replace connecting rod when analyzing an assembly. This enables the mesh size to be reduced, thus speeding up the simulation.
The connector will be represented by a beam element with two end joints that connect a linkage rod to other parts of an assembly.
The Linkage Rod connector is available with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium.
To use the Linkage Rod Connector:
In a static simulation study, right click Connectors > Linkage Rod…
Fill up the PropertyManager accordingly. Some of the key options are:
- Concentric cylindrical faces of edges (for shells)
Specifies cylindrical faces or shells edges to attach a linkage rod connector.
Select two geometric entities to position the end joints of the connector.
Specifies two vertices to attach a linkage rod connector, or,
A vertex for one end joint of the connector and a cylindrical face of shell edge for the other end joint.
- Rigid joint
Specifies the connector’s end joint to a rigid joint. A rigid joint prevents any rotations or deformations. A linkage rod connector with rigid joints can transfer all moments from one part to another.
- Pivot joint
Specifies the connector’s end joint to a pivot joint.
A pivot joint allows only one rotation about the axis normal to the connector’s axis.
- Spherical joint
Specifies the connector’s end joint to a spherical joint.
A spherical joint acts like a ball and socket joint where the ball can rotate inside the socket, but it cannot dislocate from the socket.
Specifies an offset distance to position the end joints of the connector.
Only cylindrical faces or circular edges can be selected to define an offset distance.
- Section Parameters
Specifies the cross section geometry of the connector:
– Solid circular
– Hollow circular
– Solid rectangular
– Holl0w rectangular
Applies a material to the connector from the SOLIDWORKS material library or applies a custom material.