Thermal Loads
 
 
 

This option defines thermal loads acting on structure bars. Open the Thermal Load dialog by clicking on the Bar tab in the Load Definition dialog.

You can define a thermal load applied to a structure bar, acting in the X, Y, or X direction of the local bar coordinate system in this dialog.

dTy and dTz values refer to the differences in temperature between the extreme fibers of a cross-section through an element (in the direction of the Y or Z axis of the local coordinate system, respectively). The dTx value (or dT, the 2 symbols are equivalent) denotes uniform temperature distribution (heating or cooling down) of an entire element.

Example:

Load:

1 to 3, dTx =-27

Means that bars 1, 2 and 3 are cooled down in a uniform way by 27° (in the current units set in the Robot).

Load:

4 dTy =30

The difference between the temperature of the upper and the lower surface of the cross-section of bar 4 has a value equal to 30.