Hi,

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

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

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