I am writing a program to do a real time finite element analysis for the behavior of a wire(of infinitely small diameter) as it comes in contact with an object.(basically a wire moving inside a rigid tube.The wire will deflect if it touches the tube).
Can I model this wire as a mesh of beam elements arbitrarily oriented in space?If yes, I want to know how to fix the coordinate frames for each element in order to find the transformation matrix.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
many thanks, SB