I just discovered SOFA and I wonder if it’s suitable for my research.
I want to simulate forces acting on a part and measure the displacement and stress over the part (it’s supposed to bend).
Is such a thing possible in SOFA? If so, what tutorials are recommended?
I tried browsing through the examples coming with SOFA but they’re all rather confusing and not focused.
What is the best way to start creating scenes for SOFA? And what is the better way to creating them? Python or XML?
Sorry for the delay of reply, people are currently in vacations!
Thank you for your interest in SOFA and welcome on our open forum.
Yes SOFA as a physics engine is made for interacting, applying forces or displacement on bodies. Exporting stresses is something which can be a bit tricky but we can assist in this as well.
To start with SOFA, I would read the online documentation, have a look at all the XML examples available in examples/Components/ and start writing your own XML case. Then I would pass to Python.
If you need it, we are also providing online courses to shortly introduce SOFA and its main principles.
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