Sorry if my question or parts of it seem vague or stupid, I'm fairly new to mechanical engineering. I'm part of a team that is building a simulator platform and I am mostly at the helm of the software development side of it. Recently, I've had a need to get a bit more involved with the hardware side of things and I've been trying to learn AutoCAD Mechanical to be able to simulate some properties on my own.
This assembly, when fully completed at the rotating end will weigh about 150 kg. The U channel it is connected to is 5 feet in length (152.4 cm). 1 foot of the u channel is securely bolted to the rotating assembly and that leaves 4 feet of the U channel extended. The channel will have another 5 foot U Channel connected to it something like this:
There's two things that I wanted to simulate:
- How much weight can the U channel take before bending? The 150 kg weight is concentrated inside the assembly at the far end of the U channel. How can we reinforce the U Channel to be able to bear more weight?
2. What would be the torque required to rotate this entire assembly in a manner mentioned below?
I'm a software developer by profession and don't have much knowledge of mechanical side of things. I have been learning AutoCAD Mechanical for the past week in order to carry out these two simulations but so far I have only been able to create a U channel in 2D. I can't even extrude it properly.
These are the specs of the U Channel by the way: I don't know what kind of iron it's made of. The guys who offloaded this to our workplace just said it's "Heavy Duty U Channel". Not very informative.
Can the community please point me in the right direction for me to be able to find a solution to this?