Accurate load histories are critical in the successful prediction of structural response. Load reconstruction in nCode DesignLife offers a powerful technique for estimating service loads without a traditional load cell. The principal of linear strain response is leveraged to turn a standard component’s strain responses into load histories, bypassing the challenges associated with installing traditional load transducers. The loads reconstruction capability in DesignLife turns a component into its own force transducer, allowing calculation of these load histories.
This presentation discusses both the loads reconstruction process, as well as capabilities in DesignLife to determine the optimal positioning of the strain gauges.