Spring FB

See also: Spring FB dialog-box

Use a Spring FB to apply a force between two Points that are in two different Parts.


Forces toolbar > Add Spring FB

Menu :

Add menu > Forces sub-menu > Add Spring FB

Dialog-Box :

Spring FB dialog-box.

How to add :

1.Click Forces toolbar > Add Spring FB
2.Click, in the graphic-area, two different Points in two different Parts.

The Spring FB and the symbol of the Spring is now in the graphic-area.

The Points you select for the spring are termed its Anchor Points.


Spring FB : symbols in graphic-area.

The Spring FB element has three symbols in the graphic-area:

Symbol 11s-red: FB - see below Spring FB connectors

Symbol 22s: Spring between the anchor-points

Symbol 33s: Dimension between the anchor-points.

Spring FB1s


Top: Distance, Velocity, Acceleration of the dimension between the anchor-points.
Bottom: Total Force, Force-X, Force-Y between the anchor-points.

Input-Connectors - see more at Spring FB dialog-box

If you want the output from the Force FB to be a function that you cannot define with parameters in the Spring FB dialog-box, you may apply a Force 'function' at the input-connector.
The data-values at the input-connector to the Spring must be Force units, [SI Newtons]. Convert any data-type and units with a Maths FB, and use select Force with the Output Data Type.
Positive [Negative] values will pull [push] the Anchor Points together [apart].
The variation of the Force data-values can be any function.

For example, the output from a Motion FB, and via a Maths FB, can define the Force 'function' between the Anchor-Points.


Spring FB in the graphic-area.

The Spring FB can be in three different states:

State 1: Active Spring FB

This is the 'default' setting.


State 2: Disabled Spring FB

Use the Spring FB dialog-box to deselect the Enable Check-box.



State 3: Linear Motor

Use the Configure Power Source dialog-box to select the Spring as the 'Power Source', and it becomes a Linear Motor.

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