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How to use sensors in MSC Adams

Posted by Andy Woodward on 24-Nov-2021 13:45:00

Using Sensors to Latch a Mechanism

Sometimes with a mechanism simulation you need to trigger a change in the mechanism when an event such as a latch engaging to stop a component from moving any further. You can model the geometry and use a contact model to capture the physical engagement of the geometry, but this can add to your simulation run time and require a lot of tuning to get working happily.

An alternative is to control the behaviour of the latched component directly using motions that are triggered by the use of Sensors – detecting when the event occurs using a measure and then altering the connectivity of the model to reflect the new configuration with the latch engaged. 

This simple example illustrates how the user sets up this type of simulation ....

MSC Adams, the multibody dynamics package from MSC Software, is used across many industries from Automotive and Aerospace through industrial machinery to consumer products for assessing and improving the dynamic performance of moving systems.

Adams is a very powerful tool that can be used at all stages of development to layout the basics of your system, generate component loads for designers and then validate the behaviour of the system as the part designs evolve. 

DTE have nearly 20 years experience supporting customers in implementing and using Adams within their company.  Adams can be licensed under the MSC One token licensing system which opens up access to other simulation tools in the MSC portfolio such as Nastran for FEA, Cradle for CFD and many others. 


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