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Special Settings for a General Joint

A Workbench Mechanical model was created with two independent beams that have coincident vertices where they can be joined. In this video we illustrate a general joint between the two coincident vertices, and control which joint degrees of freedom are set to be free.

The model has an additional bushing between the vertices so that there can be some elastic resistance to joint deformations. The general joint has all 3 rotational degrees of freedom free plus an axial movement, but one of the rotational degrees of freedom is removed with a constraint equation. From the setup we get a joint behavior that is not directly available in any of the available joint types. This video should be of interest to any customer who wants to be creative with joint definitions in Workbench Mechanical.

Video: How to setup special settings for a general joint in ANSYS